Oukpedjo, Sadikou
Born 1975 in Ketao, Togo
Lives and works in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Sadikou Oukpedjo interrogates notions of cultural heritage in relation to contemporary problems such as abuse of political power, social inequalities and religious conflicts. Oukpedjo began his career in the visual arts in 1998 assisting in the workshop of Paul Ahyi in Lomé, Togo, where he worked predominantly with sculpture. Following this period, he lived and worked in Bamako and later Abidjan, where he currently resides. The year 2013 marked a stylistic shift in his interests and he began working more exclusively with painting, though his experiments with a range of media have continued. Notable exhibitions include Silentium, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan (2019); Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen (2019); Mutations, Nuit Blanche, Paris (2018); Des Hommes et des Totems, Institut Français, Dakar (2018); Palimpsest, African Studies Gallery, Tel Aviv (2018) and Anima, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan (2016).
Sadikou Oukpedjo, Nouvelle mythologie #7, 2019, Mixed media on canvas, 180 x 150 cm. Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury