NDAYÉ KOUAGOU

(B. 1992, FRANCE, LIVES AND WORKS IN PARIS, FRANCE)

-> SENSATIONAL & ANTIGENERATIVE SUCCESSIONS 2019
-> I LIKE THEM THE’RE NICE 2020
-> CV
 


Ndayé Kouagou is an artist and performer based in Paris, his practice always starts from texts of which he is the author. Voluntarily or involuntarily confused, he tries as best as he can to bring a reflection on these 3 topics; legitimimacy, freedom and love. The result is... what it is. He describes his work as “quite interesting, but not that interesting or maybe not interesting at all”. He has presented his work among others at Auto Italia, South East (London), Centrale Fies (Dro/Italy) and Lafayette Anticipation (Paris) where he also launched his publishing project YBR* (Young Black Romanties). 



WILL YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN MY CORNER? 
ARIEL, COPENHAGEN

“What makes someone open or closed? People don't have a lid or a bottle cap, so what makes them open or closed? Do you consider yourself open or closed? Is one better than the other? Are we always looking for the best? Are you always looking for the best? Are we always looking? Are we always? Ah! You don't have any answer, all you want to say is "yes I am open" but deep down you're not sure if that's the case. Sorry for putting you in this situation. But don't worry, here is my corner. It's really comfortable, I'll share it with you!” – Ndayé Kouagou






2020, FABRIC, RESIN, STAINLESS STEEL (DETAIL)




2020, FABRIC, RESIN, STAINLESS STEEL (DETAIL)




2020, FABRIC, RESIN, STAINLESS STEEL




2020, FABRIC, RESIN, STAINLESS STEEL
INSTALLATION VIEW


I DON’T WANT ANY OF THIS TO BE PART OF ANY OF THAT 
CENTRALE FIES, DRO / ITALY 2019

Well, now the feeling is even stronger than before, I really don't want any of this to be part of any of that anymore. This and that are moving a lot, this can be that and one day later this can become something else, and it's the same for that. Confusing ? Ok, try to think as this and that as the sky, you're always looking at the same sky but in the same time you're never looking at the same sky. I cannot be more clear than that, so this is my statement. I promise you I'm not trying to confuse you right now, if I'm being honest I'm as confused as you.
















I DON’T LIKE COLD SUMMER AND I DON’T LIKE HOT WINTER, 2019, FABRIC, RESIN, CABLE TIES, PLEXIGLAS AND VINYL, 38 x 50 CM





I WANNA BE STRONG BUT NOT TOO STRONG, 2019, FABRIC, RESIN, CABLE TIES, PLEXIGLAS AND VINYL, 38 x 50 CM



I WANNA BE STRONG BUT NOT TOO STRONG, 2019, FABRIC, RESIN, CABLE TIES, PLEXIGLAS AND VINYL, 38 x 50 CM



I TRULY ADVISE YOU OF TAKING NOTES, 2019, FABRIC, RESIN, CABLE TIES, PLEXIGLAS AND VINYL, 38 x 50 CM, 2019






I TRULY ADVISE YOU OF TAKING NOTES, 2019, FABRIC, RESIN, CABLE TIES, PLEXIGLAS AND VINYL, 38 x 50 CM
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PERFORMANCE - I DON’T WANT ANY OF THIS TO BE PART OF ANY OF THAT PART OF THE GROUP SHOW SENSATIONAL & ANTIGENERATIVE SUCCESSIONS / NIR ALTMAN 2019

The most I think about it, the less I know what this is about. That's a really cheesy thing to say, well if this is cheesy, wait to see the piece. The title "I don't want any of this to be part of any of that" (if this is not a good title I don't know what a good title is). Well, now the feeling is even stronger than before, I really don't want any of this to be part of any of that anymore. This and that are moving a lot, this can be that and one day later this can become something else, and it's the same for that. Confusing? Ok, try to think as this and that as the sky, you're always looking at the same sky, but at the same time you're never looking at the same sky. I cannot be more clear than that, so this is my statement. I promise you I'm not trying to confuse you right now, if I'm being honest I am as confused as you.















Mark