Julien Vignikin, international artist, born in 1966, has chosen to present at the Musée-Galerie Carnot the new series "Les Clés" (Keys) in continuation of his series "Les Croix" (Crosses). This emphasis on the other side of the coin, as the keys are also the pieces of wood that hold the frames of the paintings, leads us to ask ourselves the question of belief in more ways than one. All the more so as the artist interposes, as a counterpoint to his abstract canvases, some of the most Christ-like representations of his portraits, which intermingle the influence of Western urban culture with African tutelary symbols.
The question then arises: should we believe what we see? and the crucial question of a faith in a common future as a heritage, of our brotherhood. For this is what his work, woven of correspondences between Europe and Africa and crossed by flashes of colour, offers us to see in filigree. His paintings are like sesames that open the door to his cultural roots and express the need to get along. His "Masks" series, based on barrel staves from Burgundy vineyards, allowed him to revisit the African mask and interweave his influences.
Today, if his sculptures made from computer scraps carry so much weight, as in this case "The I-world thinker" (2017), it is because the questions of programmed obsolescence, over-consumption and the race for rare metal resources necessary for any technological object are not posed in exactly the same way on either continent.
There is a kind of symbolisation of the strength that we can draw from our exchanges between humans. In the current social, pandemic and climatic circumstances, this reminds us that the important thing is not so much our singularities as to overcome them in a collective effort. And what if, in the end, Art was all-powerful and should, by its very nature, contribute to bringing us closer to one another and allowing us to weave a new bond?
After attending the National School of Fine Arts in Dijon, Julien Vignikin, a French-Beninese, completed his creative curriculum with a training in computer graphics at CETEC-Info in Paris.
Among his latest solo exhibitions
- 2019 AKAA (Paris) Solo Show Galerie Vallois
- 2018 Galerie de le Passerelle (89 Auxerre France)
- 2015 Workshop Beaux-Arts de Dijon (21 Dijon France) Exhibition Facultad de Bellas Artes de Sevilla (Residency, Spain)
- 2014 Exhibition Musée Dapper (Paris) from 14 October 2014 to 12 July 2015