Abdoulaye Konaté has a major survey exhibition opening later this month at the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Konaté’s vivid, thought-provoking, textile installations have their roots in his Malian homeland. His compositions are influenced by the history and current challenges of the country, alongside global socio-political and environmental issues. The exhibition will feature works from the last 20 years of his career, showcasing how he references his own local and cultural history alongside his formal language and aesthetic concerns.
Highlights include the monumental Brésil (Guarani); spanning seven metres the work was inspired by the featherwork items he saw when visiting a Guarani indigenous village in Ubatuba, São Paulo; and Hommage aux Chasseurs du Mandé, a tribute to the hunter caste who for generations, orally passed down the Mande Charter, which scholars consider an early African declaration of human rights.
Produced on the occasion of the exhibition, Abdoulaye Konaté is a new publication that contains detailed descriptions of the works at ARKEN accompanied by striking visuals and essays by Christian Gether, Director of ARKEN and Stine Høholt, the museum’s chief curator.
Three new commissions by the artist can also be seen at EVA International - Ireland's Biennial of Contemporary Art. Curated by Koyo Kouoh, Still (the) Barbarians invites artists to use the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure for artistic reflections.
EVA International is at venues throughout Limerick, Ireland from 16 April until 17 July 2016.
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