An Afro-Asian staging of a masquerade
– a Japanese photographer adopted by the Dogon country before advancing, masked, throughout the history of art in Paris, Tokyo, and Venice.
– an Ivorian artist who, from Abidjan to Paris, draws a traditional history of a symbolic Africa with a strong spirit of ecumenism.
They have much in common: the delicate use of material, the everpresent history that is inherent to the mask, the technical mastery and finally, a universal aesthetic the viewer can identify with even before venturing into the underlying conceptual meaning.
Their work is not about theatrics, artifice or vanity and pretence, a protective screen, an isolating barrier. The two artists rather engage in a game of aesthetic hide and seek, and through their work around the mask, offer us a very personal and original vision of humanity and its many facets.