Barbie in Africa wood, doll, wire and metal 169 x 22 x 19 cm (66 9/16 x 8 11/16 x 7 1/2in)
Gérard Quenum was born in 1971 in Porto-Novo, Benin. His work makes powerful use of discarded childrens dolls, which he restructures, recomposes and paints adding other elements such as wood and red ribbons, and often draws on the Fá and vodun traditions of the Republic of Benin. An artist, he believes, is first a messenger and then an aesthete.
We are most grateful to the October Gallery for their assistance in the preparation of this catalogue entry