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Roméo Mivekannin

Born in 1986, Bouaké, Ivory Coast

Lives and works in Cotonou, Benin


The artist Roméo Mivekannin draws his inspiration from photographic archives and iconic paintings emblematic of the history of Western art. From Jean-Léon Gérôme's Vente d'esclave (1873) to Gustave Manet's Olympia (1863) and the first photographic portraits of the colonial monarchies of the second half of the 19th century, Roméo Mivekannin focuses particularly on the ambiguous representations of black figures, sources of both fascination and fear, sometimes anonymised, eroticized or objectified ...Read more