Clay Apenouvon
Born 1970 in Lomé, Togo
Lives and works in Paris, France
Since his childhood, Clay Apenouvon found his fulfilment through being creative. In Paris,  he met with many artists, among them Claude Viallat, a key figure of the Support/Surfaces movement, as well as Mounir Fatmi. He also developed a particular interest in New Realism — an artistic movement embedding reality into creations. Apenouvon transforms raw materials produced by society, such as plastic, cardboard, and survival blankets, through his creative process. He developed the concept 'Plastic Attack' to raise public awareness of the harmfulness of plastic usage. Apenouvon creates different projects with a stretched, black plastic-like material, such as Film Noir de Lampedusa, which he made for the Paris Climate Conference Cop in 2021. The symbolic properties and characteristics of this material make plastic a recurring element in his work. 
Clay Apenouvon, What is my name n°19 from the Un Noir à l’ombre series, 2022, Pyrography on plastic, 30 x 30 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Véronique Rieffel.

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