Calixte Dakpogan – between tradition and modernism

Calixte Dakpogan was born in 1958, Pahou, Benin. He lives and works in Porto Novo, Benin. Born to a family of blacksmiths, he grew up in the Goukoumé district of Porto Novo, Benin, a district dedicated to Ogun, the god of iron. He’s a innovative sculptor who uses metal and discarted materials for create anthropomorphic figure, mainly masks with plastic, forks, pens..

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Chef de la gare

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La cocina

The abundance of car wreckages in Porto Novo has provided Calixte Dakpogan with an inexhaustible source of materials.

Masks have a symbolic value in Africa, he creates a new and contemporary iconography. He said: “All of my sculptures speak of my country, my culture, my surroundings and my beliefs, as well as of the entirety of my worldview. I work with recovered materials since they are weighed down by time and transformed by usage, conferring a degree of vitality upon my sculptures that I would not be able to attain if I used new materials.” — Calixte Dakpogan (Interview with André Magnin, Porto-Novo, Benin, 2005).

Inspired by Romuald Hazoumé, Calixte Dakpogan is not the only artist who used discarted materials for create his artwork, we remember also El Anatsui or Gonçalo Mabunda.

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Mamiwata, 2006

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Boy, 2008

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Ambassadeur, 2010

For more info:

http://caacart.com/pigozzi-artist.php?i=Dakpogan-Calixte&bio=en&m=42

http://thinkafricapress.com/benin/art-el-anatsui-calixte-dakpogan-romuald-hazoume-ghana-junk

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2011/reconfiguring-an-african-icon/calixte-dakpogan

Pinterest: http://it.pinterest.com/AfricanArtNow/calixte-dakpogan/

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