Terres Jumelles (Twin Soils, in English) is a creative journey that consists in twinning the pottery regions (villages, towns…) of Benin and Japan. These unions are materialised by symbolic pieces made out of materials and techniques from the places explored in both countries during the creative process.
Initiated in 2016 by Franco-Beninese ceramist King Houndekpinkou, Terres Jumelles highlights the similarities and differences that exist in the traditions of Beninese and Japanese ceramics. To achieve this, the projet documents various practices of clay work (artistic, utilitarian…) via crossed interviews, stories, short documentaries and photographs.
In 2016, guided by his intuition, King carried out BB Project (Benin-Bizen Project), consisting in blending techniques and local materials from Bizen, Japan, and the pottery village of Sè, near his father’s native lands in Southwest Benin. The adventure resulted in hybrid works that shed a new light on cross-cultural dialogue while placing clay work as a mean of universal plastic expression.
Photo credits: © King HOUNDEKPINKOU