Opened since September 2012 and headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery strives to promote contemporary art on the African continent.
This space dedicated to contemporary art is a place of discoveries, exchanges and meetings. The individual and collective exhibitions, some of which have travelled, give visibility to the creativity and diversity of contemporary art in Africa and educate an international audience.
In 2013, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery invited the curator and art critic Marie Muracciole who is preparing an exhibition of films and video, entitled Fluid Mechanics (browse, move, shoot). In 2014, the gallery partenered with Art Twenty One in Lagos, Nigeria for the exhibition entittled Abroad by the artist François-Xavier Gbré and in collaboration with Galleria Continua, it welcomes Akwaba, Assinie mon amour by Pascale Marthine Tayou. The gallery also presented, in 2013, an exhibition of artworks by artists from Congo Kinshasa Kin-Babi, in collaboration with the Magnin-A Gallery, Paris.
Since its creation, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery hosted nine personal exhibitions. In 2014, Nouchi City of Aboudia, paintings of instantaneous scenes that are the essence of urban life that stirs up the outskirts of the Ivorian capital. Fragments, an exhibition by photographer Francois-Xavier Gbré revealing to the public a work done in Abidjan, about the landscape and the transformation of the city over two years. In 2015, No Man’s Land by the Ivorian sculptor Jems Robert Koko Bi, whose artworks were all produced in Abidjan, organized a workshop sponsored by the gallery. And persona, the first solo exhibition of the artist Yéanzi.
With their identities and their respective histories, the gallery’s artists are distinguished by a language that is unique and abolishes geographical borders by refusing stigmatisation. A contemporary dialogue that is strong, passionate, sometimes engaged. Witnesses of this world they live in, these artists have a clear and sharp look on our society, redefining their relationship to the world.
Cécile Fakhoury Gallery has participated in international events including Contemporary African Art Fair in New York in 2015 and in London in 2013 and 2014 as well as Dubai’s Art Fair in 2015. The gallery also presented an exhibition by its artists in the OFF of the Dakar Biennale, Senegal, in 2014.
It represents the artists Aboudia, Nestor Da, François-Xavier Gbré, Jems Robert Koko Bi, Vincent Michéa, Cheikh Ndiaye, Sadikou Oukpedjo, Paul Sika and Yéanzi.
Infos : Galerie Cécile Fakhoury Abidjan