KOKOU FERDINAND MAKOUVIA
Of the Earth
Site-specific installation &
photographic moments without a camera
16 Sep – 21 Nov 2021
TMH is pleased to present the first solo show of KOKOU FERDINAND MAKOUVIA (b. 1989), which coincides with the completion of his residency at De Ateliers. Makouvia finds inspiration in real and imagined topographies and in his intimate connection to the Mina culture. As works develop, geographical maps lead to layered sculptures, photographic impressions to the physicality of drawings, art materials become tools, and vice versa, seemingly ad infinitum.
The show centers on a site-specific, mixed-media installation that includes his signature ceramics in a river-like formation, to be installed in the garden of TMH. It also features his delicate iron pieces Knocks and Knots, 2021, the sprawling motherly sculpture Éviono, 2018, and his unique camera-less impressions that use perforations on paper, On One Day One Touch, Album Lomé-Ville, 2018.
Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia (b. 1989) is an award-winning multimedia artist with a singular perspective on the freedoms and tensions that underlie material expression. Makouvia grew up in Lomé, Togo. Committed to making art from his adolescence, he also studied computer science. After attending the art academies in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Valenciennes (France), he graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including “Révélation 2017” by the ADAGP, and participated in the Jeune Création Européenne Biennale, 2017-19. He is invited for Dak’Art, La Biennale de Dakar in Senegal to take place in 2022. He works with Galerie Sator in Paris and is currently completing his residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. He remains actively engaged with educational and art projects in Togo.