Born 1994 in Buyo, Côte d’Ivoire. Lives and works in Abidjan.
Mounou Désiré Koffi “paints” on his canvases not only with acrylics but with a most unusual medium : cellphone electronic components and keyboards. The rigid material comes alive in his compositions, whether they are urban scenes, children at play, or portraits. It is used so dexterously that what we see first in his artworks are the emotions, expressions, movements, and play of light and shadows, before being drawn into the intricate details of the components themselves.
Mounou’s use of ewaste serves several purposes. Physically, it allows the artist to reduce its volume, and the health hazard it represents, in the urban environment. Symbolically, it is instrumental in raising awareness about the impact of consumerism on the planet. It also facilitates a debate on hyperconnection and “disconnection” – as technology and connectiontools make our world ever smaller and more connected, people feel increasingly isolated from each other. Artistically, working with this very unusual medium is an inspiring challenge which opens doors to new techniques and to creating 3-D effects.
Mounou graduated from the Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l’Action Culturelle (INSAAC) in Abidjan in 2017. Discovered right out of school, he has already been exhibited in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Morocco, had his first solo exhibition (in Paris last year), and been the subject of several television interviews. His work is featured in private collections.
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