Julien Sinzogan

Country: Benin

Style: Realist expressionism

Medium:Coloured Inks on Paper

Fun Fact:he studied art in France and ran a computer graphics shop for a while before beginning to paint professionally.

Quote: This is a work of the imagination, depicting something that is still to happen. Rather than being, like Schubert’s famous Symphony, an unfinished piece, it is, however, a work that is yet to be brought to completion. To do this requires the spectators’ active participation in a communal act of imagination that would realise an opened Gate of Return. This realisation would close the cycles of exploitation and violence done - man exploiting man - recognise the truth of our common humanity, and enable us to move forward together into a future which would ensure that such atrocities could never, ever happen again


1. Yoruba Kings


3.‘Les Voiles du Retour

4. Gates of Return II,

5.L‘Armada du Retour

6. Departure and Return of Spirits

7. Return of the Spirits, for more


“Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the edge of my hand.”

Angélique Kidjo covering Jimi Hendrix’ Voodoo Chile live on Australian TV (1999)


Summertime by Angelique Kidjo (Cover)

So much bad news this week so here’s one of my favorite songs to soothe one’s spirits. NOT A VIDEO.


El Hadji Mansour Ciss Kanakassy aka Mansour Ciss

Country: Benin

Style: Laboratory Déberlinisation,


Fun Fact: In collaboration with Canadian artist Baruch Gottlieb , he created in 2001 the laboratory Déberlinisation, a concept at the root of the African work, an imaginary currency designed as a symbol of Pan-Africanism

Quote:Déberlinisation the laboratory, established in 2001, is as its name suggests a melting pot of thoughts about the past and present history of Africa, and should lead to endogenous development prospects of Africa.

All the arts of Africa and all thoughts carriers and character of our restitution   collective memory and identity have their place. The first element is broken in the installation at Dak'Art 2008.  

It is for us a hand, once restored, to guard jealously safeguarding the African cultural identity, and secondly, to master modern science and technology, in order to decide on technology choice offered by modernity and would be tailored to different socio-economic contexts   current of Africa.

Works: Déberlinisation



3.Hommage au Panafricanisme



Beninoise man arrainged in court for stealing Chris Ayanwu's N10m, Jewellery

Beninoise man arrainged in court for stealing Chris Ayanwu’s N10m, Jewellery

A 33 year old Beninoise man identified as Brouno Amoussou was today Sept. 11th arraigned before the Igbosere Magistrate Court for allegedly conspiring to steal N10million cash, land documents and expensive jewelries from the home of Senator Chris Anyanwu, a serving senator representing Imo state at the National Assembly.

According to the prosecutor of the case, Cpl Innocent Odugbo, the…

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Angélique Kidjo, “Afia.” Õÿö. 2010.



Design d’espace / Spatial design


Voyage d’études au Bénin / Ecole Boulle
Projet “Change ta classe” : construction d'une bibliothèque à l'école La Rosette à Porto Novo.
Projet exposé à la Cité de l’architecture à Paris du 14 février au 18 mars 2013.

Les valises pleines d'outils (perceuses et scies ont miraculeusement passé la douane !), nous avons fait la rencontre des élèves de l'école. C'est avec la collaboration d'une classe de seconde que cette bibliothèque a vu le jour.

Les matériaux utilisés ont été trouvés ou achetés sur place : planches de bois, petits troncs, chaises et tables.

Trip in Benin / Ecole Boulle
Building a library in “La Rosette” school in Porto Novo
Project exhibited at La Cité de l'Architecture in Paris from the 14th of February till the 18th of March 2013.

Our suitcases full of tools miraculously passed through customs. We built this library by collaborating with 10th grade students from the school. 

We found or bought the materials locally: wooden boards, small trunks, chairs and tables.