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Christie’s Collaborate with Efie Gallery

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 aprile 2022

London – Christie’s will present Material Earth, an exhibition in collaboration with Efie Gallery. Founded in 2021 and based in Dubai, Efie Gallery’s programme focuses on art from Africa with an emphasis on West Africa. Material Earth showcases the work of three pioneering Ghanaian artists: El Anatsui, Yaw Owusu and Isshaq Ismail. These artists have each established their own distinctive visual languages. El Anatsui has emerged as one of the world’s foremost contemporary sculptors while Isshaq Ismail is internationally renowned for his portraits that manipulate the human figure and question our sense of identity. Born in 1992, Yaw Owusu is a young artist who, like El Anatsui, reconstitutes upcycled materials including coins to create rich, shimmering abstractions. The exhibition, Material Earth, seeks to stimulate the current global dialogue on sustainability, materiality and waste. The viewer is invited to consider the materials that contribute to the complex beauty envisioned in the work of Anatsui and Owusu. When arriving at Isshaq Ismail’s grotesque figures, the context within which they are viewed intends to focus viewers on how environmental waste in the world can be seen as a reflection of ourselves. Efiɛ Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Dubai specialised in the promotion of artists from Africa, both within the continent and the diaspora, with a particular focus on artists ranging from West Africa. The gallery represents both mid-career and established artists and supports the sharing of their works in the Middle East, creating a unique platform for collaboration and exchange between the two regions. This platform for collaboration goes beyond the mere exhibition of artists from Africa, rather an artist studio for residency programmes caters for both the gallery’s artists and local artists, presenting itself as the active site for said collaboration.Efiɛ Gallery was founded by Valentina Mintah, Kobi Mintah and Kwame Mintah.


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