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Pierre Bodo, Oxygène,​ 2015 Acrylic on canvas, 123 x 150,5 cm

ART ONLINE: ‘WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF’ AT MAGNIN-A

By Crash

MAGNIN-A is launching its first ever online exhibition as a response to the measures of confinement that have placed the whole world in quarantine for an unknown amount of time. A strange time that freezes all the cultural structures which have to think of new ways to communicate with their public. This online exhibition, “What dreams are made of”, features artists from multiple backgrounds and countries like Pierre Bodo from Congo, Abu Bakarr Mansaray from Sierra Leone, Joseph Obanuni from Nigeria or Rodrigues Armando Mabunda from Mozambique. Through different prisms, these artists all enjoy exploring the visual respresentations of science fiction and futurology. An aesthetic choice used to question their societies, hopes, myths and dreams.

While Monsengo Shula and Pierre Bodo’s works perpetuate the tradition of “popular painting” with a colorful, pop, joyful aesthetic, Fabrice Monteiro’s Waxology series reinvents a certain African visual identity. Joseph Obanubi, with intricate photo-collages, explores identity, fantasy and a mix of reality and delusion within the context of globalization. A “visual bricolage” blending surrealism with Afro-futurism. Abu Bakarr Mansaray takes inspiration from the popular Central African practice of creating decorative objects and toys out of iron and wire. His academic knowledge of science and engineering allows him to build machines – both practical and extravagant contraptions that can produce dire, water, light, sound and more.

Discover the online exhibition here.

Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Ebola Virus Missile Industry,​ 2017
Colored pencils and ballpoint pen on paper, 120 x 150 cm

Fabrice Monteiro, Untitled #2,​ 2014, Waxology
Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310gr, 50 x 50 cm – Edition of 10

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