Comrades VII, 2016

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Meleko Mokgosi

Meleko Mokgosi. Democratic Intuition, Comrades III. 2015

Oil on canvas. Diptych. 244 x 427 cm

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

© Meleko Mokgosi © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

From left to right :

Meleko Mokgosi. Democratic Intuition, Comrades III. 2015

Oil on canvas. Diptych. 244 x 427 cm

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

Meleko Mokgosi. Democratic Intuition, Comrades VII. 2016

Oil on canvas. Diptych. 244 x 564 cm

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

© Meleko Mokgosi © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

From left to right :

Meleko Mokgosi. "Democratic Intuition" series. Comrades VII. 2016.

Oil on canvas. Diptych. 244 x 564 cm

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

Rashid Johnson. Plateaus. 2014

Steel, lacquered painting, plants, cement, ceramics, plastic, copper, burnt wood, neons, radio equipment, shea butter, carpets, books. 579,1 x 457,2 x 457,2 cm

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

Barthélémy Toguo. Look at me!. 2016

Aquarelle, acrylique et encre sur tissu. 235,5 x 209,5 cm

Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris

© Meleko Mokgosi © Rashid Johnson © ADAGP, Paris 2017 pour l'œuvre de de Barthélémy Toguo

The second part of a cycle entitled "Democratic Institution", the "Comrades" series originates in group photos—of school children or colleagues—from the years of Botswana’s fight for independence.

Mokgosi depicts these anonymous figures as they make history, and clearly demonstrates their sense of belonging to a community. They are comrades, “a word that has always referred to egalitarianism and has become a form of descriptive address that presumably goes beyond gender, race, ethnicity and class.” Rendered in negative drawing and written in Setswana – a language spoken in South Africa and Botswana and imposed by colonists in the 19th century – a text accompanies the painting. According to the artist’s wishes, the work remains inaccessible to most viewers: a story for some, abstraction for others.

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Genesis [Je n'isi isi] IV ,2016

Comrades III, 2015