The theme of a new joint exhibition curated by Lahd Gallery and the Gallery Of African Art (GAFRA) will connect an “invisible pyramid” that unites North, East and West Africa. The four artists represented all possess a unique kinship with Africa’s rich and ever-diversifying culture.
Lahd Gallery is proud to be showcasing the works of Edward Akrout and Patrick Altes, each with a personal connection to North Africa – Altes being born in Algeria, of French and Spanish parentage, and Akrout being the descendant of a Franco-British and Tunisian union. They are exhibited alongside GAFRA artists Olayanju Dada and Daniel Soresa, from West and East Africa respectively. Although all four are from very different backgrounds and artistic disciplines they each have an uncanny ability to translate their connection with African society and culture through their work.
Akrout, an actor and film maker in addition to his visual artistic output, is easily recognisable through his ability to show the emotion and character of his subjects and themes, whether it’s through layers upon layers of colour and energetic mark making that weaves into tapestries of vibrant life, or his ability to distil a character down to just its base elements.
Although all four artists have distinctive background and style – they all tell stories that speak of experience, of inside knowledge concerning a place they each owe a great deal to. Each of them tells their stories with a clear love of their origin but with a very human undertone of nostalgia and longing. Africa is portrayed as a vibrantly captivating place of diversity and energy, filled with an endless supply of rich stories that are bursting to be told. It is through the vibrancy and colour of these four talented individuals and the convergence of their work that Africa comes to life.
Africa My Africa – Connecting Boundaries highlights these perspectives of “home”, reaffirming connections to one’s origin, irrespective of one’s current physical location. We are connecting the boundaries – and becoming united in our distinctiveness.
CULTURELINES SANS FRONTIERS
Group Exhibition featuring 'Echoes' by Edward Akrout
February 2016. Athens, Greece.
Follow the axiom that a sound is universal; that once a sound becomes a word a boundary is created. Edward Akrout examines in this study how language is used to define the world around us, through his three main themes of family, flesh and spirit.
Considering that different art forms are regarded as different languages, this room echoes Akrout’s discovery of the conflict existing between sounds and words in the spiritual, physical and social practice. This exploration made evident the boundaries that applied to Akrout’s own life, whether existing between words and fine art or philosophy and acting.
The Hoxton Hotel & Hoxtown Gallery present:
Solo Exhibition by Edward Akrout
October - January 2016. London, England.
First Impression was inspired by the travels of artist Edward Akrout.
The collection originated in New York in the fall of 2013 when Akrout was left immobile due to a back injury. Despite being paralyzed from pain, the city’s energy inspired him; dragging Akrout from his solitude to the streets. He fueled his emotions into an array of contemporary abstract drawing and paintings. Akrout continued to create pieces upon the return to his native Paris in 2014 and completed the series in London at the beginning of this year.
Whether Akrout was bumping into characters on the sidewalks of New York or people watching along the Seine, his work has stemmed from numerous stories and portraits of vibrant individuals. In addition to every narrative being greater than the last. Here is the first impression that the world made on him, and the first he will make on you.