Georges Adéagbo was born in 1942 Cotonou, Benin, where he lives. He studied law in Abidjan before moving to France to continue his studies. When he returned in Benin in 1971 for the death of his father, he began to create installations with found objects (objects trouve) for his family.
He become famous in the 1990s, with his partecipation in the Venice Biennale in 1999. He uses objects from his travels. He uses a great variety of objects like books, newspapers, textiles, photos, discs; every single object tells a story, like single identity.
He was discovered, by chance, by a French curator who had gone to visit other artists in Benin and who saw an incredible installation by Georges in the courtyard of this studio. This was in 1993 and from then on, despite the fact that a new life and possibilities in art had begun for him, his studio has remained in Cotonou where he spends the greater part of his time and where he opened a residence for artists.
The found objects like the Surrealistic’s Objets Trouve are symbols. He creates installation and site-specific in which he invite us to explore his world in all his aspects like history, music, literature..
He showed his work in France, Germany, Italy, USA, Brasil..
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