Roméo Mivekannin applies natural pigments and binders on assembled sheets that become his painted canvases. He addresses the stereotypes and racism found in Western representations of African people, presenting the history of Western art in a new light. This approach is paradoxical: he is both the model and painter; the victim and perpetrator. By making the sacred part of his body, his face, a mask that covers the dominant models of the past, he performs a sacrificial gesture and infiltrates history: those who were considered as models become the actors of their representation.
Mivekannin graduated from the National School of Architecture of Toulouse and had his first two solo shows at Galerie Eric Dupont. He will present at the Dakar Biennale in 2022 and the Sharjah Biennial in 2023.