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Jems Koko Bi

Born in 1966, Sinfra, Ivory Coast

Lives and works in Essen, Germany


Both a sculptor and a performer, Jems Koko Bi mixes avant-gardist influences to his firmly african history. In his works, he questions the notions of space and time, within a wider and ongoing reflexion on his own existence.''The trees give me instructions and I carry them out in the wood. They advise me and I tell their stories.'' His wooden sculptures initiate a conversation with the forces of nature. In his studio at the heart of the forest, immense sculptures see the light of day and interro...Read more