Cologne Fine Art & Design (Home Edition)

18 November - 24 December 2020

Time & Place

Description

The physical edition of this year's Cologne Fine Art & Design fair has been rescheduled due to new social distancing measures. In its place, Sakhile&Me will host their fair presentation in their gallery space and offer private one-on-one visits from 18 November - 24 December 2020. Sakhile&Me will present works by Osi Audu, Adelaide Damoah, Kevin Demery, Mbali Dhlamini, Tim Okamura, Nnenna Okore, Owanto and Ghizlane Sahli.

Osi Audu's practice over the last three decades has consistently focused on abstract art that retains some figurative elements, forming a series of geometric acrylic paintings in contrasting colours and monochromatic grey and black drawings. Following the Yoruba concept of Ori Inu ("the inner head"), Audu's works - most of them portraits of the self (hence their title "self- portraits") - raise questions about the dual and oftentimes multifaceted nature of "the self" and draw attention to the head as a signifier of consciousness and as an object of self-knowing. Audu received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ife (Nigeria) in 1980 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Georgia in Athens (USA) in 1984. Audu's work has shown in prestigious institutions such as Iwalewa-Haus (Bayreuth), the British Museum (London), the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African Art (Washington D.C.) and the Museo Di Palazzo Grimani during the Venice Biennale. He lives and works in New York.

British-Ghanaian artist Adelaide Damoah works at the intersection of painting and performance within the context of colonialism, identity, sexuality and spirituality. Her practice involves using her body as a "living paintbrush" to paint or print onto various surfaces. Initially inspired by a desire to subvert Yves Klein's Anthropometries, in which he directed a group of women to cover their nude bodies in his signature blue paint and then imprint themselves on white paper, Damoah prints her body onto white surfaces, thereby remixing Klein's original performance through her own identity and encouraging discussions about female representation, feminism, sexual stereotypes and art history. Damoah is an academician of the Royal West of England Academy and cites Judy Chicago, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hammons, Yves Klein, Sokari Douglas Camp, Rachel Ara and Ana Mendieta among her influences. Damoah is a founding member of the Black British Female Artists and the Intersectional Feminist Art collectives.

Kevin Demery was born in 1992 in Modesto, CA. He is a 2014 BFA graduate of the California College of the Arts and a 2018 MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2013, he has shown in solo and group shows in both public and private art exhibition spaces across the Unites States. He recently participated in two artist residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha (NE) and the Acre Artist in Residence in Steuben (WI). Kevin Demery's works explore the interplay between North American history and signifiers of power, developing a painterly language that invites us to move between the potent aesthetic of his work and recurring motifs of historical violence, surveillance and childhood trauma. His most recent series of works show photo cut outs on the background of geometric color blocks with objects hanging from ropes or chains draped over the canvas, thereby merging the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional to form poetic snippets of history and collective reflection.

Mbali Dhlamini is a multidisciplinary South African artist and visual researcher whose work explores the decolonisation of contemporary African identity-making. She performs visual, tactile and discursive investigations into current indigenous cultural practices and her work is in constant conversation with her past and present visual landscapes. Working to maintain a state of unlearning and relearning, her process recognizes language as a medium of understanding and as a repository of knowledge. Her series "Look Into" features digitally reworked colonial portraits of West-Africans wearing traditional clothing and stem from a research fellowship at the RAW Material Company in Dakar, investigating the cultural significance of traditional indigo dyeing and the symbolism of indigo fabric within indigenous Senegalese communities. Dhlamini trained as a printmaker at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg and received a Bachelor of Technology in Visual Arts from the University of Johannesburg in 2013. She completed her Master of Arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015.

Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor and cultural iconography through painting. By combining an essentially "realist" approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media, he juxtaposes the rawness and urgency of street art with academic ideals to create a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs. Born in Edmonton (Canada), Okamura earned a BFA with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991. After graduating with an MFA in Illustration as Visual Journalism in 1993, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, where he continues to live and work.

Nnenna Okore is best known for her fiber sculptures whose intricate textures and vibrant colors reference organic elements and explore themes of transience and transformation. Made from burlap, cheesecloth, rope, yarn, paper and wire, they form richly textured installations sprouting from the walls like organisms growing out to meet the space. More recently, Okore also began creating textured acrylic and clay paintings reminiscent of fossil-like structures and topographic landscapes, inviting the viewer to contemplate the passing of time and prompting an excavation of life forms drawn from memory and imagination. Okore was born in Australia, raised in Nigeria and Swaziland and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago. She has received her bachelor's degree in fine and applied arts from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and her master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa and has trained with El Anatsui, Chike Aniakor and Chijioke Onuora. Over the last two decades, the 2012 Fulbright Fellow has shown in over 100 solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Okore lives and works in both Nigeria and Illinois.

Owanto is a multi-cultural Gabonese artist whose current projects focus on the female condition, emancipation and the breaking of silence. Her work on this matter reflects upon the psychological concept of resilience by exploring the notion of healing, repair and transformation. In her "Flowers" series, Owanto showcases enlarged archival pictures of a Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) ceremony. The analogue photographs are digitalized, enlarged and printed on aluminum before the artist veils the violation in the image by removing the sections deemed most private and covering the void with delicate hand-crafted cold porcelain flowers. The viewer is thus confronted with a delicate and powerful protest where "the flowers mask the pain and symbolize a re-birth." Her work aims to shed new light on relevant but uncomfortable and often ignored topics. Owanto has exhibited at the Zeitz MOCAA, the MACAAL, the MADRE, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the Fowler Museum (among other institutions) and she represented Gabon at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Ghizlane Sahli's art practice is deeply inspired by her background in architecture, embroidery and her interest in environmental sustainability. The artist creates cellular-form ink drawings with light but detailed embroidery patterns and sculptures made from silk-wrapped bottle tops, which she refers to as "the Alveoles." Sahli studied architecture at the École d'Architecture de Paris-Tolbiac and the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville and upon returning to her home country founded an embroidery workshop with local artisan women in Marrakech. In 2012, she co-founded the artist collective Zbel Manifesto that dedicates its practice primarily to working with waste and repurposed materials. Sahli has had exhibitions in London, Marrakesh, Milan and Paris.

Artists

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2020: Osi Audu

Osi Audu

Osi Audu is an artist and curator whose practice over the last three decades has elevated abstract art through his geometric "self-portraits" that interrogate the duality of form/void and the tangible/intangible as they relate to the self and self-consciousness. He received fine arts degrees from the University of Ife and the University of Georgia. More...

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2020: Adelaide Damoah

Adelaide Damoah

British-Ghanaian artist Adelaide Damoah works at the intersection of painting and performance within the context of colonialism, identity, sexuality and spirituality. Her current practice involves using her body as a "living paintbrush" to paint or print onto various surfaces, often combining these body prints with found images, text and gold to explore her personal family history and Britain's colonial past with Ghana. More...

Kevin Demery

Kevin Demery

Kevin Demery's work transverses painting and sculpture to explore the interplay between U.S. history and signifiers of power, inviting us to move between the aesthetic of his work and motifs of historical violence, surveillance and childhood trauma. He received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More...


Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2020: Mbali Dhlamini

Mbali Dhlamini

Mbali Dhlamini is a multidisciplinary artist and visual researcher whose work explores the decolonisation of contemporary African identity-making through visual, tactile and discursive investigations into indigenous cultural practices. She trained at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg and received degrees from the University of Johannesburg and her MFA from the University of the Witwatersrand. More...

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2020: Tim Okamura

Tim Okamura

Investigating identity, urban environments and cultural iconography, Tim Okamura combines a "realist" approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media, juxtaposing the rawness and urgency of street art with academic ideals to create a visual language that acknowledges traditional portraiture, while infusing it with contemporary motifs. More...

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2020: Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore is an internationally acclaimed artist who is known for her intricate mixed media sculptures. More recently, she also started creating vibrant textured paintings. She has received art degrees from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka and the University of Iowa and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago. More...


Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2020: Owanto

Owanto

Owanto is a multi-cultural Gabonese artist and human rights activist whose multidisciplinary practice emerges from a 30-year career engaging with consciousness through the notion of personal and collective memory and exploring cross-cultural and transhistorical dialogues to interrogate the meaning of existence and of her personal and shared history. More...

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2020: Ghizlane Sahli

Ghizlane Sahli

Ghizlane Sahli creates cellular-form ink drawings and large enchanting silk-thread sculptures made from used bottle tops. Her sculptures, which she refers to as?"the Alveoles", are deeply inspired by her interest in architecture, embroidery and environmental sustainability. Sahli received degrees in architecture from Paris-Tolbiac and Paris-Belleville. More...


Works

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait, Red Cap Chief IV

Self-Portrait, Red Cap Chief IV

Painting

2019

Acrylic on canvas

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait, Happy Dance I

Self-Portrait, Happy Dance I

Painting

2020

Acrylic on canvas

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Adelaide Damoah: Olga

Olga

Painting

2018

Pigment and ink on hand made cotton rag paper

135,0 x 94,0 cm

Adelaide Damoah: Marie-Therese

Marie-Therese

Painting

2018

Pigment and ink on hand made cotton rag paper

135,0 x 94,0 cm

Kevin Demery: Jumbalaya Hot Spring

Jumbalaya Hot Spring

Painting

2019

Wreath, rice, collage and acrylic on canvas

61,0 x 61,0 cm

Kevin Demery: Untitled

Untitled

Painting

2019

Rope, cardboard stars, coins, collage and acrylic on canvas

51,0 x 51,0 cm

Mbali Dhlamini: Sénégal, Femme Cérère

Sénégal, Femme Cérère

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Jeunes Filles Saussai

Afrique Occidentale, Jeunes Filles Saussai

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Fille Soussou

Afrique Occidentale, Fille Soussou

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Jeunes Filles Saussai

Dakar, Femme Sénégalaise

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Tim Okamura: The Parlor

The Parlor

Print

2020

Archival giclée print on 340g cotton rag paper

101,6 x 73,0 cm

Edition of 50

Nnenna Okore: Ututu

Ututu

Sculpture

2016

Burlap, cheese cloth, paper, dye, acrylic and wire

76,2 x 76,2 x 76,2 cm

Owanto: Flowers XI

Flowers XI

Photograph

2020

UV print on aluminum with cold porcelain flower

75,0 x 75,0 x 17,0 cm

Edition of 4 + 1 AP

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 077

Histoires de Tripes 077

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

85,0 x 85,0 x 24,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 079

Histoires de Tripes 079

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

90,0 x 90,0 x 24,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 004)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 004)

Drawing

2020

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 006)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 006)

Drawing

2020

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm