Pélagie Gbaguidi

b.1965

"As a painter, I am at an intersection between the material and the immaterial. It has to do with the order of breath and the unseen. Working in such a space helps me to see a different reality and to decipher my outlook, as if I was turning transparent and that, at that very moment I could merge with my surroundings” – Gbaguidi Pelagie

Gbaguidi defines herself as a contemporary griot. In the poetic sense, "the griot questions the individual in his own path as he absorbs the words of the ancients, re-modulates it like a ball of fat, and deposits it into the belly of the bypasser, with the ingredients of his time." In practice, the role of the griot is to; "break the rhythm of everyday life and incorporate in it, its share of eternity.”

Gbaguidi's works; paintings, writings, drawings and installations, are musings of individual and collective memory. Her work is an anthology of signs and traces about trauma. She critically engages with the misuse of history; deconstructing stereotypes, rewriting metanarratives, and using myth as open spaces to create a simulacrum of the present in flux. She consciously works within and transgresses the framework of the colonial and postcolonial archive to unmask the process of oblivion, through her reflections expressed in pencil and brush. This re-envisioning of the imagery by the artist creates an urgency to put into practise, a writing of liberating images through a corpus of contemporary forms.

 

Gbaguidi was born in Dakar and is from Benin by origin. She graduated from l'École des Beaux Arts, Belgium in 1995, and currently lives and practises in Brussels, Belgium. Her recent exhibitions include Asylstadt Museum at the Stadt Museum in Munich in 2013 and 2014, the Divine Comedy curated by Simon Njami at the MMK in Frankfurt in 2014, and at the National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, El Mundo Sans le Corps solo at Sulger-Buel Lovell and 1:54 London 2016, and Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel.

Pélagie Gbaguidi

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Artnet news

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Pélagie Gbaguidi
Press
06 Sep 2017

What’s the Best Work of Art You Saw This Summer? Charles Aubin, associate curator of Performa, selects Pelagie Gbaguidi's Documenta installation.

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'Sad because something better does not exist'

'Sad because something better does not exist'

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Press
21 Jul 2017

Documenta 14 Co-Curator, Dieter Roelstraete, poses in front of Pélagie Gbaguidi's 'The Missing Link'

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'Naked Writing' in Berlin

'Naked Writing' in Berlin

Pélagie Gbaguidi
News
18 Jul 2017

Pélagie Gbaguidi's series 'Naked Writing' on show at the Palace of Lieberose

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MOMUS review of documenta 14

MOMUS review of documenta 14

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Reviews
05 Jul 2017

'Courting Crisis: Condenscension, Disaster Tourism, and "Learning from Athens" by Alison Hugill

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Rohkunstbau XXIII Art Festival at Lieberose Palace, Germany

Rohkunstbau XXIII Art Festival at Lieberose Palace, Germany

Pélagie Gbaguidi
News
01 Jul 2017

In this year´s ROHKUNSTBAU, curator Mark Gisbourne sheds light on the beauty of difference

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Fundação Sindika Dokolo partners with documenta 14

Fundação Sindika Dokolo partners with documenta 14

Pélagie Gbaguidi
News
22 Jun 2017

documenta 14 to collaborate on show in Luanda with Fundação Sindika Dokolo

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15 Documenta Artists with Staying Power

15 Documenta Artists with Staying Power

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Press
12 Jun 2017

Artsy Editorial by Alexander Forbes. First artist on the list is Pelagie Gbaguidi.

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FRIEZE review of documenta 14: Athens Conservatoire by Harry Thorne

FRIEZE review of documenta 14: Athens Conservatoire by Harry Thorne

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Reviews
07 Apr 2017

"...to truly learn...we must...confront the worst things we have done."

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Iris de Lucy, Spain

Iris de Lucy, Spain

Pélagie Gbaguidi
News
10 Jan 2017

The exhibition includes an installation of drawings by Pélagie Gbaguidi.

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Pelagie Gbaguidi in Studio

Pelagie Gbaguidi in Studio

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Studio Videos
02 Oct 2016

During the production of her solo exhibition El Mundo Sans le Corps

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Iris de Lucy, France

Iris de Lucy, France

Pélagie Gbaguidi
News
06 Sep 2016

Musée Départemental d'Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, France

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"Lucy's Iris. Contemporary African Women Artists" at MUSAC Spain

"Lucy's Iris. Contemporary African Women Artists" at MUSAC Spain

Pélagie Gbaguidi
News
10 Feb 2016

El programa expositivo del MUSAC está marcado por la propia disposición espacial de las salas en su conjunto. Centrado en una línea conceptual y social cercana a los postulados generales del museo y de su colección, las grandes exposiciones de MUSAC se despliegan a lo largo de las Salas 1 a 6 del museo, con un total de más de 3.600 m².El Laboratorio 987 se entiende como "sala de proyectos" del museo, a través de la cual se invita a comisarios jóvenes a realizar un proyecto curatorial concreto, más dinámico y versátil en sus propuestas que las grandes muestras. El Proyecto Vitrinas, situado en el vestíbulo del museo, suele albergar proyectos específicos, habitualmente centrados en labores editoriales, pedagógicas o relacionadas con la arquitectura.

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Exhibitions

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El Mundo Sans le Corps - solo by Pelagie Gbaguidi

El Mundo Sans le Corps - solo by Pelagie Gbaguidi

Pélagie Gbaguidi
London
03 Oct 2016 - 02 Nov 2016

Sulger-Buel Lovell LONDON 3 October - 2 November

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Publications

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Also Known As Africa Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

Also Known As Africa Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

Soly Cissé, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Slimen El Kamel, Georgina Maxim
Publication
07 Nov 2017

10 - 12 November 2017 Carreau du Temple, Paris. Please join us at Booth C8 during the AKAA Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

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Dossier Documenta 14

Dossier Documenta 14

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Publication
07 Apr 2017

The Missing Link DiCOLONISATION EDUCATION BY MRS SMILING STONE

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Pélagie Gbaguidi video

Pélagie Gbaguidi video

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Publication
02 Oct 2016

A fascinating behind the scenes look into the studio of Pélagie Gbaguidi

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El Mundo Sans le Corps - Pelagie Gbaguidi

El Mundo Sans le Corps - Pelagie Gbaguidi

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Publication
23 Sep 2016

Solo exhibition by Pelagie Gbaguidi Catalogue nr. 14

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2016

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2016

Pélagie Gbaguidi
Publication
23 Sep 2016

Catalogue nr. 13

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