Galerie Cécile Fakhoury announces the solo exhibition The Unexpected Consequences of History by artist Dimitri Fagbohoun.
Pursuing a conceptual approach that has characterized his work for several years, Dimitri Fagbohoun invites us to look at the unexpected consequences of history. The exhibition is built on associations of forms and backgrounds. Dimitri Fagbohoun weaves a narrative and visual framework around archival photographs dating from the colonial period, on which he subtly intervenes, highlighting details and lines of force. The colored highlights seem to open up gaps in the image, a field of possibilities for an association of the senses and the imaginary. Thus adorned, the images come alive with a new dimension, the characters who inhabit them, men but also landscapes, involuntary protagonists of West African colonial history, are brought to light in their potential strength, their latent capacity for arrangement. The artist’s intervention in the image, of the order of the infra-thin, reveals the place of a future; where the seed of a history of crossings and mixtures resides. The reading of the image, then, between historical facts and poetic reverie, branches out and gives rise to a network of resonances from the end of the 18th century to the present day.