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Kehinde Wiley: A Maze of Power

Roberts Projects is delighted to announce Kehinde Wiley: A Maze of Power at The Musée des Civilisations noires (Museum of Black Civilizations) in Dakar, Senegal. Initiated in 2012, the unprecedented series explores the staging of power through the lens of African heads of state. The portraits reflect the distinctive cultural elements of each state, thus highlighting the immense diversity of the African continent, and reveal the identity of an individual through the double prism of the artist and his model. These paintings lay bare the contours of the ego, the diversity of possibilities in terms of taste or discernment, as well as the different communication strategies relating to the construction of an image, both personal and public.

Curated by the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac: Sarah Ligner, Heritage curator, Head of the Historical and Contemporary Globalization Collection, in dialogue with Kehinde Wiley.

The exhibition is accompanied by a film presenting the working method and the artist's travels across the continent to meet his models.