Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion

\Roméo MivekanninHuman in Motion08.06. - 03.08.2024

Roméo Mivekannin, *1986 in Bouaké, Ivory Coast, lives and works between Toulouse, France and Cotonou, Benin

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Roméo Mivekannin, born in 1986 in Bouaké, Côte d‘Ivoire, is a multidisciplinary artist blurring the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and installation. His diverse background includes training as a cabinetmaker, studying Art History and Architecture, and writing a novel.

Informed by his academic knowledge and his family‘s experience with colonization (he is a descendant of Behanzin, the last King of Dahomey, present-day Benin), he (re)creates compositions that challenge European iconography, taking classical paintings and photographs and substituting the subjects’ faces with self-portraits. Oceane Kinhouande refers to his practice using the concepts “visual quotes” or “plastic quotation process” to indicate the artist’s choice to reappropriate and reinterpret previous artistic productions. Mivekannin incorporates archival material to expose the colonial gaze in those underrepresented or unspoken (non-dits), basing his work on the “memory of history,” literally and figuratively. His canvases, like palimpsests, bear various layers of content beyond the visual, as he uses old bedsheets, kitchen rags, and tea towels and soaks them in elixir baths following voodoo practices, a spiritual belief rooted in the Kingdom of Dahomey.

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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion

Works

Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion \ Homme qui Saute (2023)

Roméo Mivekannin

Homme qui Saute (2023)
Acrylic and elixir bath on canvas
220 x 360 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion \ Homme Debout (2023)

Roméo Mivekannin

Homme Debout (2023)
Acrylic on tea towels
300 x 200 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion \ Homme qui Court (2023)

Roméo Mivekannin

Homme qui Court (2023)
Acrylic and elixir bath on canvas
250 x 360 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion \ Kimono Rouge after George Hendrik Breitner (2024)

Roméo Mivekannin

Kimono Rouge after George Hendrik Breitner (2024)
Acrylic and elixir bath on canvas
200 x 240 cm
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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Roméo Mivekannin – Human in Motion \ Homme Descendant Escalier (2022)

Roméo Mivekannin

Homme Descendant Escalier (2022)
Acrylic and elixir bath on canvas
250 x 250 cm
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