Pavilion of Ivory Coast at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

EVENTO may, 13th – november, 26th 2017 CARTELLA STAMPA

Pavilion of Ivory Coast

at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Venezia, Palazzo Dolfin Gabrielli


Ouattara Watts, Joana Choumali, Jems Robert Koko Bi, Raimondo Galeano, Joachim K. Siluè

Inauguration Ceremony:

Friday 12th May, 12 am






In the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Ivory Coast is represented by five artists: Ouattara Watts, Joana Choumali, Jems Robert Koko Bi, Raimondo Galeano, Joachim K. Silué who, with their works merge in a common line, an intimate vision of the world, giving a precious and an important contribution to the contemporary art.

The Pavilion Commissioner is Yacouba Konaté, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Abidjan and Honorary President of the International Association of Art Critics, the Curator is Massimo Scaringella, independent curator who is recognized for his intense interchange with the non – European countries.

The Pavilion is located in Palazzo Dolfin Gabrielli – Dorsoduro 3593, nearby Piazzale Roma and S. Lucia train Station.

The Juices of Time

The artists attending this Pavilion scour their creative time through the photographies of Joana Choumali, the sculptures of Jems Robert Koko Bi, the installations of Joachim K. Silué to come to the painting of Ouattara Watts and Raimondo Galeano. In one moment or in another, the artists had to abandon their own memory, their conscience, their brain on the way, in the emblematic events of the modern times.

Each of them has brought back his own awareness of the immediate space and time, he or she has taken control of his own conscience again, they have squeezed it to create again the lymph of time, vital lymph which are the subject of this exhibition.

Being aware of this, a specific question comes out of Joana Choumali’s photographic portrait: “to be attractive”, what does it mean for a contemporary black african woman?

Having been a witness and protagonist of the terrorist attack in Grand Bassam on 2016, 13th March in Ivory Coast, with these sculptures Jems Robert Koko Bi remembers his horror experience. The fluorescent pigments-based works of Raimondo Galeano take us with their brightness in a strong tension between dream and truth, between day and night. The works in warm colors of Ouattara Watts are like a gesture: a wide gesture which serves the allegory of the knowledge to create research environments, without having no proof of the sense of the truth. In his installations, real “tableaux vivants” memories of his personal experiences, Joachim K. Silué makes use of recycled materials to find a new source of rebirth. Intimate comments of the human condition truth.

The artists

Ouattara Watts was born in Korhogo (Ivory Coast), lives and works in New York (USA).

Joana Choumali was born in 1974, lives and works in Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

Jems Robert Koko Bi was born in 1966 in Sinfra (Ivory Coast), lives and works between Essen (Germany) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

Raimondo Galeano was born in Catanzaro in 1948 (Italia), lives and works in Bologna (Italy).

Joachim K. Silué was born in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), lives and works in Modena (Italy).



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