Meet The Affogbolos, The Faces of the Afro-Polis Campaign (London)

Sep 24, 2014 • Art, Articles, United KingdomNo Comments

Pierre-Christophe Gam has used his artistic talent to create a fictitious young couple to act as brand ambassadors for this year’s Afro-Polis, The concept for the upcoming event is ‘The African Renaissance’ and characters Kolade and Remi Affogbolo fit right into the theme. The Affogbolo’s are described as a well-traveled modern renaissance couple from Nigeria.

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Kolade Affogbolo is an architect and his wife, Remi, who originally hails from Angola, is a lawyer. Well-travelled, passionate about Art, design and culture, this modern and discerning couple embodies the values and aesthetics of their generation. The visitors are invited into their dining room to experience up close and personal how they live. Food is a fundamental human necessity, essential to the sustenance of the body, and at the same time, it is a fantastic way to experience and apprehend someone’s culture. Deep social and cultural meanings are embedded within our everyday food practices and for most cultures, the dining room is the catalyst of that experience. The African Renaissance will explore the sociological and aesthetic dynamics at the heart of the modern Pan-African way of life, as they translate through Food, Art and Design. -Afro-Polis
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Pierre-Christophe Gam’s art style incorporates high quality photographic images and vibrant and colorful art illustrations (mainly pinks and greens) to produce his signature style of mixed media art. His fondness for vintage typeface is apparent in most of his work. See his work for the British band The Noisettes and French singer Taali M.

Afro-Polis 2014 – The African Renaissance

AFRO (prefixe : [af-ro]), plural afros (prefixe : [af-ros]), Of or pertaining to Africa or African cultures and traditions.

POLIS (pron.: /ˈpɒlɨs/; πόλις, Ancient Greek: [pólis]), plural poleis (pron.: /ˈpɒleɪz/, πόλεις [póleːs]), literally means city in Greek. It could also mean citizenship and body of citizens.

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Founded in 2013 by French-Cameroonian artist Pierre-Christophe Gam, Afro-Polis is an experimental exhibition that introduces connoisseurs to the ‘modern African Way of Life’ via workshops, debates, panel discussions, keynote lectures, live performance, and a themed dinner. This year Afro-Polis is running for five days during Black History Month (UK) alongside the Frieze Art fair at the White cube Gallery at Hoxton Square.

Afro-Polis will feature a wide arrange of artists including Barthelemy Toguo (Cameroon/France), Pierre-Christophe Gam (Cameroon/Tchad/France), Baudouin Mouanda (Congo), Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya), Cheick Diallo (Mali), Yinka Ilori (1987, Nigeria / London) and more.

Special guest speakers will also include author Taiye Selasi, photographer James Barnor, Museum curator Amelie Klein and leading contemporary African designer Cheick Diallo.

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