Political Strategy - Thierry Oussou

16 November - 11 January at Lumen Travo Gallery
Thierry Oussou

Lumen Travo gallery is proud to present the solo show of Beninois artist Thierry Oussou.

Through his use of various media including painting, sculpture and video, Thierry brings reflection to this moment, crafting probing yet poetic commentaries on the threads that link the past and the future, and questions about authenticity, history, heritage and visibility.

After his recent series of new ink, acrylic and oil-bar works on paper that capture his responses to living and working in Johannesburg, he'll be presenting his new solo show at Lumen, which will include an installation never shown to the public before: Political Strategy finds its inspiration in the ADJI, one of the oldest games still widely played today. By juxtaposing the game's rules to the actual political situation in Africa, Thierry develops an interesting and thoughtful reflection around the games of power that lie underneath, the invisible force that rules society.

Oussou was born in 1988 in Allada, Benin, where he founded the art studio Yè; he continues to give workshops on arts and visual culture in schools and cultural institutions across Benin. He has participated in residencies at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2015), and Dokoutin, Brussels (2014). Thierry exhibited at the Dakar Biennale in 2014, at the Berlin Biennial in 2018 and at the 2019 Bienal Sesc Video Brazil. He lives between Amsterdam and Benin.


Image: Thierry Oussou, courtesy of Lumen Travo Gallery

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