Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast (cote D`ivoire)
26 Sep 2014 - 25 Nov 2014


Aboudia 'Untitled' - 2014 technique mixte sur toile - 200x400cm, Courtesy: the artist and the gallery

At the heart of the city, passing from the street to the art gallery.

Just two years from now, the gallery opened its space to the public with an exhibition of artworks from the collaboration between Frederic Bruly Bouabré, a tutelary character in Côte d’Ivoire, and Aboudia, a young Ivorian artist. Today Aboudia’s work has caught the attention of collectors and curators all around the world, fascinated by the energy released by his gestures, a flow out of control the canvas struggles to contain.

Those snapshots scenes are the very essence of the urban life in Abidjan’s suburbs. From here comes the «Nouchi[1]» identity which is often associated to Aboudia’s works: a mix taking its origin in the streets of Abidjan, cultural melting-pot of populations coming from all regions of West Africa, a popular slang that constantly change and evolve. Its cheeky and tough-nut nature, melt with a puckish and incredibly inventive spirit, fascinates all the «gaous[2]» flocking toward the city.

We can find this saturated atmosphere, transposed into actions and images, in Aboudia’s last series.

Aboudia takes his “Nouchi City” with him everywhere, also in Europe and in the USA. With only thirty years old, he is a globalized artist at the image of his multicultural city, and even if his work grows with those different influences, the “Nouchi” spirit always remains.






[1] Nouchi is a slang born in Abidjan in the eighties and spoken in Côte d’Ivoire and in West Africa.

[2] Newby. naive, someone who knows nothing about how things work.


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