EXHIBITION THIEMOKO DIARRA

THIEMOKO CLAUDE DIARRA


ANATOPIA


1 SEPTEMBER- 30 NOVEMBER 2019

WELCOME TO OUR

Red Night

ORNITOPIA 01 – 2019 – 32 X 15cm – PAINTED WOOD AND IRON

Dilemma

VESALIUS’S DREAM 01 – 2018 – 50 X 70cm – INK AND PENCIL ON PAPER

Arizona Dream

BASTARDS 05 – 2019 – 31 X 14cm – LACQUERED BONES AND WOOD

Aimer Toujours

BASTARDS 01 – 2017 – 56 X 19cm – OIL PAINT, PLASTICS AND GLASS ON WOOD

Secret Message

ANTWERPEN – 2018– 22 X 43cm – OIL PAINT AND PLASTICS ON WOOD

Love Forever

VESALIUS’S DREAM 02 – 2018 – 50 X 70cm – INK AND PENCIL ON PAPER

My World

BASTARDS 02 – 2018 – 48 X 24cm – OIL PAINT AND PLASTICS ON WOOD

Rhino

CULTURE SHOCK 01 – 2018 – 44 X 25cm – OIL PAINT, BRANCHES, PLASTICS ON WOOD

Amour et Trahison

LOST POWER RELICS 01 – 2019 – 27 X 6cm – LACQUERED TERRACOTTA

Cosmogonie Dogon

BASTARDS 04 – 2019 - 45 X 14cm – OIL PAINT AND PLASTICS ON WOOD, UNDER GLASS DOME

The Walk

CULTURE SHOCK 02 – 2018 – 45 X 30cm – OIL PAINT AND PLASTICS ON WOOD

Janus

COMPARATIVE ANIMISM 01 – 2018 – 21 x 30 cm – BONES, INK AND PENCIL ON PAPER

New York

COMPARATIVE ANIMISM 02 – 2018 – 21 X 30 cm – BONES, INK AND PENCIL ON PAPER

Citizen

CULTURE SHOCK 04 – 2018 – 35 X 21 cm – OIL PAINT, BRANCHES, PLASTICS ON WOOD

Blue Night

VESALIUS’S DREAM 03 – 2018 – 50 X 70 cm – INK AND PENCIL ON PAPER

Work

VESALIUS’S DREAM 04 – 2018 – 50 X 70 cm – INK AND PENCIL ON PAPER

Second Thought

BASTARDS 03 – 2018 – 49 X 44 cm – OIL PAINT, BRANCHES, PLASTICS ON WOOD

Second Thought

LOST POWER RELICS 02 – 2019 – 37 X 11 cm – OILPAINT AND BANDAGES ON WOOD

Second Thought

COMPARATIVE ANIMISM 03 – 2018 – 21 X 30 cm – BONES, INK AND PENCIL ON PAPER

Second Thought

COMPARATIVE ANIMISM 04 – 2018 – – 21 X 30 cm – BONES, INK AND PENCIL ON PAPER

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CULTURE SHOCK 03 – 2018 – 68 X 32 cm – OIL PAINT, BRANCHES, PLASTICS ON WOOD

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MANNEKEN PIS GANG – 2019 – 60 X 30 cm – POLYMER AND WOOD FOUNTAINS

Second Thought

LOST POWER RELIC 04 – 2019 – 45 X 14 cm – PORCELAIN, PICTURE AND WOOD UNDER GLASS DOME

Second Thought

BASTARDS 06 – 2019 – 57 X 30 cm – TAXIDERMIA, WOOD AND ACRYLIC

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LOST POWER RELICS 05 – 2019 – 87 X 14 cm – POLYMER AND WOOD

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LOST POWER RELICS 06 – 2019 – 28 X 12 cm – NAILS, ROPE AND WOOD

Second Thought

LOST POWER RELICS 03 “SAINT SEBASTIEN DU GABON” – 2019

59 cm and 73 cm diameter - TEST TUBES AND WOOD

BELOW: TOP VIEW

Second Thought
Kiro Urdin


THIEMOKO CLAUDE DIARRA


(1974)


MALI / BELGIUM




Born in Mali in 1974, Diarra lived between Bamako, Brussels and Dakar. His father is a Bamana sculptor and his mother was a nurse from Belgium. Thiémoko Claude Diarra sits right at the crossroad of these two cultures, between the sacred art of his ancestors and the heritage of those who advanced Western medical science through the centuries.


His most recent expansive project, Anatopia, is an absurd scientific analysis which brings new life into classical African art. Far from the usual vectors of anthropological, social or cultural studies of traditional African art, Anatopia looks at this immense heritage from an artistic point of view. By surgically dissecting Malian, but also Congolese or Ivorian statues, the artist aims to create an infinite cabinet of curiosities which challenges viewers to think and re-think their understanding of (African) art, like a mirror distorting reality so we may better grasp its reflection.


Diarra’s sculptures, drawings, painted photographs and installations are like a mad cocktail of impressions blended from the improbable encounter between a Baoulé beauty, Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), an anonymous Belgian colonizer and Berlinde de Bruyckere (1964), whose work the artist admires. A protégé of surrealist artist Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005), Diarra also worked in fashion and started his career by painting tales in miniature on watches and on canvas.


Through an ensemble of artistic series like Bastards, Cultural Shock, Comparative Animism, Lost Power Relics and Vesalius’s Dream, Anatopia appears to be the long-awaited final bridge between classic and contemporary African art. On this bridge, like an explosive modern Nganga (spiritual healer), Thiemoko Claude Diarra creates his visions of Europe and Africa, their past and the future they hold for each other.





Selected Exhibitions


Solo exhibitions


2019      Kloser Contemporary Art, Online

2018      Cécile Kerner Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2017      Cécile Kerner Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2016      “Dolce Vita” in situ Fresco at the Paris Match Summer Night,                           Belgium

2014      Mural Painting “The Coronation of Aeolus”, Brussels, Belgium

2014      “Way to Happiness” at Parfum d’Ambre Le Châtelain, Brussels,                       Belgium

2014      Espace 27 Septembre, Molenbeek Art Tour, Brussels, Belgium

2013      “Art is a Gift” at Maria-Clara Art Point Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2013      “The Disjointed Tales” at Molenbeek Centre Communautaire                           Maritime, Brussels, Belgium

2012      “Half-Closed” at Maison des Cultures de Molenbeek, Brussels,                           Belgium

2010      Tag Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2010       « Millenium Development Goals » at Centre International pour la                    Ville, l’Architecture et le Paysage – and at Théâtre Molière,                                Brussels, Belgium

 



Group exhibitions (selection)


2019      « Polarité » with Soly Cissé, Dimitri Fagbohun and Dati Bendo at                     the Boondael Chapel, Brussels, BE

2014      « Showcasing in Belgium » at the Belgian Embassy in L.A., USA

2011      “Stripping” at Dérapages Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2009      « L’Un vers l’Autre » with Aimé Mpane at the Cultural Center of                       Ottignies, Belgium







Public Collections


                                                                  2010     Prix des Commerçants de Saint-Gilles, Parcours des Artistes,                                                                                              Brussels, Belgium

                                                                 

                                                                  Works in the Collection of the Molenbeek Museum, Brussels, Belgium