Camille-Pierre Pambu Bodo (Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1953) 'La Sape' (a pair) 104.5 x 74.5cm (41 1/8 x 29 5/16in); 111 x 82.5cm (43 11/16 x 32 1/2in) (2)

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Lot 35
Camille-Pierre Pambu Bodo
(Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1953)
'La Sape' (a pair) 104.5 x 74.5cm (41 1/8 x 29 5/16in); 111 x 82.5cm (43 11/16 x 32 1/2in) (2)

£ 5,000 - 8,000
US$ 6,500 - 10,000

Africa Now

21 May 2014, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Camille-Pierre Pambu Bodo (Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1953)
'La Sape' (a pair)
both signed and dated 'Art Bodo / 2012' (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
104.5 x 74.5cm (41 1/8 x 29 5/16in); 111 x 82.5cm (43 11/16 x 32 1/2in) (2)

Footnotes

  • Born in 1953 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Camille-Pierra Pambu Bodo - known as 'Bodo', lives and works in Kinshasa. He belongs to the Zaire School of Popular Painting, along with Moke and Cherí Samba. These artists believe that they can affect the course of history with their creations. Like Salvador Dali and other surrealists, Bodo's dreams provide the inspiration for the fantastical and highly symbolic imagery in his paintings. He says: "I express everything that happens to me, so that I am no longer focused on specifically African topics and can address myself to the entire world".

    The title La Sape refers to a social movement centred in Brazzaville, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. 'La Sape' is the appropriation of colonial style, dress and manners which are in stark contrast to Congo's surrounding poverty. Bodo's paintings parody these colonial Congolese 'dandies', highlighting the ridiculousness of their affections.
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Camille-Pierre Pambu Bodo (Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1953) 'La Sape' (a pair) 104.5 x 74.5cm (41 1/8 x 29 5/16in); 111 x 82.5cm (43 11/16 x 32 1/2in) (2)
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