'POP-UP AFRICA': L'association ELOWA, Benin

9 December 2014 - 24 January 2015

The Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) in partnership with L'association ELOWA is pleased to present a group exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the Republic of Benin. The exhibition, which is part of GAFRA's successful 'POP-UP AFRICA'™ series, also brings to an end the gallery's groundbreaking residency on Cork Street. 'POP-UP AFRICA'™ was conceived as a platform for African based galleries or organisations to gain greater visibility for their artists internationally. The four artists featured in the exhibition are Rafiy Okefolahan, Marius Dansou, Dominique Zinkpè, and Remy Samuz. The participating artists all live and practice in their home country of Benin and the themes, subject matter, medium, and style of works on display point to the rich diversity of artistic creativity from this West African country.


Created in 2008 by artist Rafiy Okefolahan, L'association ELOWA is dedicated to promoting the Beninese visual arts sector and facilitating artistic exchanges between Benin and France. In 2010, the association launched the Waba festival, an event which showcases works from around the country. Held in galleries in Porto Novo and Cotonou, the festival aims to initiate dialogue between all sections of society about the of role art. The latest event orgainsed by the organisation was 'L'un et L'autre'.