b. 1983

Ishola Akpo Biography

Ishola Akpo (b. 1983) is a photographer and multimedia artist in Benin. The artist experiments with the possibilities of digital mediums, while mixing modernities and traditions in his work, playing on different levels of reading to make plural metaphors. The border between reality and fiction, fixed identities and multiple identities, remains at the heart of his approach.

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In 2013, he won the Visa pour la Cr ation (French Institute, Paris), where he presented the series Pas de flash sil vous plait! A reflection on the interaction of light on photographed subjects, presented in the form of a performance and exhibition at the Institut Fran ais deCotonou. In 2014, he published the series L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux (Africa Is NoIsland, MACAAL, Fair 1.54 in Morocco, 2018), based on a family experience, which illustrates his grandmother's dowry, while insisting on its memory load. This reflection will lead him to explore contemporary marriage. In 2015, with the series Les mari s de notre  poque, Ishola Akpo, won the Photoquai, entering the collection of the Mus e du Quai Branly in Paris.

Since then he has multiples artistic residencies: Montresso Foundation (Morocco) with the Da bi series and more recently the Zinsou Foundation (Benin) with 'AGBARA Women' presented at the Ouidah Museum as an ode to the power of women, embodied with portraits of known and forgotten queens from African history.

His work has been presented in several major international events including: The Museum of the History of Immigration, (Palais de la Porte Dor e, Africa 2020 - Paris), Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt (Germany), Fotonoviembre, Tenerife (Spain), Nuit Blanche de Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Lagosphotos Festival (Nigeria), Festival Afreaka (Brazil).

Text courtesy Sabrina Amrani.

Exhibition view: Ishola Akpo, L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux, Sabrina Amrani, Madrid (16 November 2022–14 January 2023). Courtesy Sabrina Amrani.

Ishola Akpo Featured Artworks

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KPANOUHON by Ishola Akpo contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Ishola Akpo KPANOUHON, 2022 Painting on enamelled dishes
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
HÈVĬ BÉ TCHŬĒ by Ishola Akpo contemporary artwork sculpture
Ishola Akpo HÈVĬ BÉ TCHŬĒ, 2022 Ceramic
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Boite à bijoux, souvenir by Ishola Akpo contemporary artwork photography, print
Ishola Akpo Boite à bijoux, souvenir, 2015–2016 Inkjet print
60 x 90 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Wedding Memories by Ishola Akpo contemporary artwork photography, print
Ishola Akpo Wedding Memories, 2015–2016 Inkjet print
60 x 90 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Funfun by Ishola Akpo contemporary artwork photography, print
Ishola Akpo Funfun, 2015–2016 Inkjet print
60 x 90 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Gélé by Ishola Akpo contemporary artwork photography, print
Ishola Akpo Gélé, 2015–2016 Inkjet print
60 x 90 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
La mariée au milieu de ses objets de dot by Ishola Akpo contemporary artwork photography, print
Ishola Akpo La mariée au milieu de ses objets de dot, 2015–2016 Inkjet print
60 x 90 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery

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