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Av Lars Vilks - 3 oktober 2009 00:29


Georges Adéagbo was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa in 1942, where he still lives and works. The eldest of eleven children, he studied law in Paris. Shortly before getting his degree, in 1971, he returned to Cotonou due to the sudden death of his father. Unable to return to France, he began to create installations in his home and courtyard without exhibiting them for 23 years. Unfamiliar with contemporary art, he did not define his complex compositions as artworks and only accepted this definition bestowed by others later. Adéagbo began exhibiting his installations publicly in 1994 in Besancon, France (“La route de l’art sur la route de l’esclave - The Route of Art on the Route of Slavery.”) His work was subsequently included in “Big City” (Serpentine Gallery, London, 1995), “Die Anderen Modernen” (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 1997), The Second Johannesburg Biennial (1997), and the São Paulo Biennial in 1998.

An outdoor day-long installation at the Arsenale, “The Story of the Lion”, was an award winner at the 48th Venice Biennial in 1999. In 2000, he participated in “La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire” at Villa Medici, Rome and a solo exhibition of his work was held at the Toyota Museum, Japan.

He participated in Documenta, Kassel, 2002 and in the Venice Biennial 2009.

Work in the biennial: La resurrection de Edith Piaf' (2000) – extended version.

Guest star: Angélique Kidjo, the world famous singer from Cotonou, Benin.

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