February 2 – March 2, 2017
RECEPTION: Thursday, February 16 at 7:30pm
Presentation by Andrea Marchesini from Africa e Mediterraneo at 8pm
Curated by Africa e Mediterraneo
As a part of Black History Month Florence: SACI is proud to present Vita Quotidiana: Le Opere di George Zogo an exhibition of paintings and drawings in the Jules Maidoff Gallery, February 2-March 2, 2017 curated by Africa e Mediterraneo.
The works of George Zogo are refined, sophisticated, beautiful. Without ever yielding to the exoticism that is still often asked of artists from the continent, Zogo had always stubbornly expressed its singularity, offering with his canvases and his signs made not of fullness and solid forms, but of the void, the hanging dots, the colored lines that wandered in the white void before finding a point of arrival, that is always provisional.
Born in Saha, Cameroon, George Zogo attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Lyon and arrived in Florence in 1966 with a scholarship. He was part of the first generation of African intellectuals and artists who arrived in Europe in the 60s, in the context of cultural cooperation with the newly independent countries.
Over the years he became a solid point of reference for the African community, and many who just arrived found in him a kind person to turn to during the process of insertion in the city. His charisma helped to weave networks and facilitate dialogue in everyday life of African immigration in Florence.
His artistic activity has major accolades, including an exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in 1976 and the inclusion in the exhibition Transafricana – contemporary artists in Bologna in 2000, curated by Africa e Mediterraneo with Mary Angela Schroth, and presented by Simon Njami.
JULES MAIDOFF GALLERY
Via Sant’Egidio 14, Florence – ITALY
T/F 055 240 910
Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 7pm
Admission is free