L'œuvre Le Chef (qui a vendu l'Afrique aux colons) - Centre Pompidou

L'œuvre

Le Chef (qui a vendu l'Afrique aux colons)

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Reproduction d'une œuvre

Crédit photographique : © Philippe Migeat - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
© Samuel Fosso, courtesy J.M. Patras, Paris

À propos de l'œuvre

Samuel Fosso (1962 - )

Le Chef (qui a vendu l'Afrique aux colons)

(Tati)

1997

Epreuve Cibachrome

101 x 101 cm

85,5 cm (hors marge)

Inscriptions :S. sur étiquette

Don de l'artiste et de JM Patras (T&S Ltd)

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 2004-110

Description for the presentation 2014 in the National Museum of Modern Art

After a childhood marked by war, Samuel Fosso opened a photo studio in Bangui, in the Central African Republic, shooting self-portraits on film left over from commissions. Le Chef is one of a series made for the Tati clothes shops in Paris, in which the artist adopts different identities. The excess of the image is not a matter of narcissism but of collective critical self-reflection. Fosso here plays on clichéd Western representations of African potentates while evoking too the latter’s role in the slave trade. Wearing the royal headdress affected by Congolese dictator Mobutu, Fosso radica...

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