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Amadou Sanogo, Kɔ dimi tɔ fila tɛse ka sɛmɛ ŋɔkɔnna (Kôdimi tô fila têse ka sêmê gnôgôna : Deux personnes qui ont mal au dos ne peuvent se soutenir), 2020

160 × 164 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

photo: Florian Kleinefenn

identité visuelle © Lieux Communs

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Amadou Sanogo, exhibition view Verbs and proverbs, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, 2020

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, exhibition view Verbs and proverbs, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, 2020

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, exhibition view Verbs and proverbs, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, 2020

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, exhibition view Verbs and proverbs, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, 2020

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, exhibition view Verbs and proverbs, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, 2020

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, exhibition view Verbs and proverbs, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, 2020

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, 2020

164 × 160 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

photo: Benoît Mauras

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Amadou Sanogo, Kɔ dimi tɔ fila tɛse ka sɛmɛ ŋɔkɔnna., 2020

174 × 170 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

photo: Florian Kleinefenn

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Amadou Sanogo, Iŋɛtukuli bɛi Bɔlɔ ngaisetɛ mɔkɔ tɔw la., 2019

160 × 148 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

photo: Florian Kleinefenn

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Amadou Sanogo, Akaguɛlɛ mɔkɔni kɔnɔka kɛlɛ., 2020

164 × 160 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

photo: Florian Kleinefenn

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Amadou Sanogo, Ka kun kolo di mama nika nɛkun minɛna. , 2019

205 × 180 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

photo: Florian Kleinefenn

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Amadou Sanogo, N’tale dabɔna kun kolo ba de kama. (Les proverbes sont faits pour ceux qui ont une grande tête.), 2020

150 × 159 cm, acrylic on canvas
courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, Niɔkala so boliba bɛ a yɛrɛkan. (Le cavalier du cheval à tige de milne fait que cavaler lui-même.), 2020

150 × 159 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, Ni ma misi to a sɔkɔma biri ye i ka to wulala birili ye. (Si tu ne respectes pas la vache qu’on trait pour le lait matinal respecte là pour le lait du soir.), 2020

150 × 159 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, Ni danka wili la siɛ kɔ a bido muru jakola. (La malédiction pousse la volaille à se transformer en vendeur de couteaux.), 2020

150 × 159 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, Bolo sina yɔrɔ mina tile kana bɔ ye. (Le soleil ne doit pas apparaître là où on a pointé le doigt.), 2020

162 × 160 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, Mes observations face à la situation (l’arrivée du Coronavirus à Rennes), mars 2020
162 × 150 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, Bɔlɔ ni gengena i ŋɛna ibɛo dondu ku don. (Tu ne peux pas connaître la profondeur de la poutre qui n’a pas été enfoncée devant toi.), 2020

150 × 159 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, Makɔrɔba ka kun biri ka tama bɛ tɛ sira dɔnbali ya ye, majinki do. (Quand tu vois le regard d’un sage baissé sur sa route, ce n’est pas parce qu’il ne connaît pas la route, c’est par sagesse.),
2020

150 × 159 cm, acrylic on canvas

courtesy the artist and galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Amadou Sanogo, four sketches made
with children from the Tregain primary school in Rennes, March 2020

75 × 106 cm each, gouache on cardboard

photo: Benoît Mauras

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Amadou Sanogo, exhibition view Verbs and proverbs, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, 2020

photo: Benoît Mauras
production: La Criée centre d’art contemporain

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Élèves de CM1 et CM2 de l’école élémentaires Trégain (Rennes), dessins d’enfants, 2020

21 × 29,7 cm chaque, gouache sur papier

photo : Benoît Mauras

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Children from the Tregain primary school in Rennes, 2020

21 × 29,7 cm each, gouache on paper

photo: Benoît Mauras

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Children from the Tregain primary school in Rennes, 2020

21 × 29,7 cm each, gouache on paper

photo: Benoît Mauras

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Children from the Tregain primary school in Rennes, 2020

21 × 29,7 cm each, gouache on paper

photo: Benoît Mauras

Exhibition

Verbs and Proverbs

Amadou Sanogo

*The exhibition was originally scheduled for 21 March – 31 May 2020.


At La Criée centre for contemporary art Amadou Sanogo is presenting a group of thirteen large paintings specially created for the occasion. They add up to an incisive, La Bruyère-style portrait of contemporary Malian society, polarised between its rich cultural heritage and the energy and complexity of the present.

Stylistically direct and wide-ranging, Sanago’s paintings are immediately recognisable: a figure – occasionally two – is set against a monochrome background, on which is overlaid a square or rectangle often bearing repetitive patterns. The dark, sometimes fractured bodies are complemented by highly symbolic items including flowers (the importance of harmony between people) and gloves (the need to stand up and resist).

Sanago’s characters seem in a state either of suspension or precarious balance. The misgivings, not to say disquiet, they convey are counterbalanced by the strong background colours, the touches of white, red and yellow, and the vibrancy of the repeated motifs – mostly circles and dots. Almost all based on Bambara proverbs, the paintings on display at La Criée are echoings of the artist’s daily life: conjecture, personal incidents and the social, political and economic contexts. To cite one example, Ka kun kolo di mama nika nɛkun minɛna (They left him his head but tore out his tongue), which shows a figure sitting at a table on which lies a tongue, illustrates both a Bambara proverb and a recent event: at the opening ceremony of the last Rencontres Photographiques de Bamako the biennial’s director was literally deprived of the right to speak. The same goes for Mes observations face à la situation (My Observations on the Current Situation), painted in Rennes last March, a few days before the opening of the exhibition – which in fact was pushed back two months. The artist portrays himself as a venerable sage observing Rennes residents’ fear as the Coronavirus arrives.

For Amadou Sanago education and transmission are fundamental human and artistic values. This is why he is devoting the art centre’s second exhibition room to drawings he made with children from the Tregain primary school in Rennes during his residency there in March 2020.

Rooted in the ups and downs of everyday existence, Amadou Sanago’s works have a critical and humanist reach made even more striking by their philosophical detachment. This is wisdom in paint.



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Amadou Sanogo

born in 1977 in Ségou, Mali
lives and works in Bamako, Mali

represented by galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

ETE-Partenaire-Couleur

Commented tours

  • in French
  • Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
  • 9, 16, 23 July, 20 and 27 August
  • all audiences
  • free of charge
  • within the limit of 10 places available
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Reading

Appointment of the palaver

Wednesday 8 July and Wednesday 22 August 2020

3 p.m.

Proposition visuel 3

Workshops

Family workshops

Line Simon

Sunday 5 July and Sunday 30 August 2020

3 p.m.

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Correspondances

Tout un monde vu d’ici

Amadou Sanogo

from 9 to 20 March 2020