Adjovi, Laeïla
Born 1982 in Benin
Lives and works in Dakar, Senegal
Franco-Beninese, with a degree in political science and journalism, Laeïla Adjovi is a self-taught artist, an adept of photography, who creates links between social classes and cultures. The themes she most often returns to are identity and hybridity, women’s rights, and African cultural heritage. A nomadic traveler, Laeïla grew up in several countries across the African continent before living in India and New Caledonia, then returning to Senegal, her mother’s homeland. Reporter, photographer and visual artist, she has been based in Dakar since 2010. In recent years, her photographic work has been exhibited in France, Benin, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Ethiopia. Presented here is her latest photographic series, Malaïka Dotou Sankofa, created with Loïc Hoquet, won the prestigious Léopold Sédar Senghor Grand Prize at the 13th Dak'Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale, Dakar and was presented at the Havana Biennial in April 2019.
Laeïla Adjovi & Loïc Hoquet, Malaïka Dotou Sancofa #3bis, 2017, Fine Art Print, 100 x 100 cm, Edition of 9 + 2AP. Courtesy L' Agence à Paris