In February, a new collaboration started with the talented photographer Alex Huanfa Cheng.
This shot is part of a series of photos taken in Etretat, Normandy, last month.
A selection of visuals from this project will illustrate the forthcoming exhibitions, which will be announced soon.
Photo: Alex HUANFA CHENG
Model: King HOUNDEKPINKOU
Art direction: Alex HUANFA CHENG & King HOUNDEKPINKOU
Location: Etretat, Normandy, France – February 2017
The performance of La Danse Céramique (or The Ceramic Dance, in English) will take place on Friday, November 11 at 5pm, during the first edition of contemporary art fair AKAA (Also Known as Africa), held from 11 to 13 of November.
A selection of my works will also be showcased on the booth of Galerie Vallois during the fair.
I am currently in Bizen, Japan, to carry on with a project initiated during my artist-in-residence project in Benin, Africa at the Centre Arts et Cultures of Cotonou in Benin.
BB Project (Benin-Bizen Project) aims to proceed with the creation of a vase (cf. picture below) initially made in Benin with the local clay from the village of Sè. This piece will be fired again (3rd firing) in an Anagama wood kiln in Bizen.
The retrospective journal of the artist-in-residence project in Benin will help you better understand the context of this adventure.
Japanese musician Fumie Hihara and myself are currently working on a performance called La Danse Céramique (or the The Ceramic Dance, in English).
Divided into four parts, this 20-minute show puts on stage the making process of a ceramic piece through the four elements (earth, water, air and fire). It will be supported by on stage live music, blending traditional instruments from Japan (Koto, horizontal string instrument) and Benin (Gan, percussion in the shape of a double iron bell).
A video of the performance will be released soon, followed by a series of live shows for which dates are yet to be determined.