Alou XII “Yädë”

Usagi NY

poster for Alou XII  “Yädë”

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At the heart of Alou XII’s first solo show in the United States, “Yädë” (voyage in fulani), are conflicting feelings of displacement and discovery inherent in long-term separation from home. Lush, richly textured large-scale paintings and videos that comprise much of Yädë occupy the space between figuration and abstraction as physical landscapes meet landscapes of memory and imagination. Evoking scenery blurred and washed by rain, seen through windows of trains and cars by an artist always in transition, Alou XII’s works deploy densely layered imagery to simulate the collapse of all past and present sensory and mental experience into singularity at the moment of perception.

Alou XII (b. 1986) hails from Dakar, Senegal. His childhood, unbeknownst to him at the time, was the very beginning of his introduction to the arts. In a place devoid of water, electricity and Internet, he and his friends relied on their imaginations for entertainment and solace. This scarce and unforgiving environment awakened his mind to the ability to create art from deprivation.

He went on to study art and architecture at École d’Art Appliqué de Lyon, École des Beaux Art de Marseille, and University of Montreal and has traveled and exhibited extensively in Africa, Europe, and North America.



from April 15, 2016 to May 21, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-04-15 from 18:00 to 21:00


Alou XII

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