Pélagie Gbaguidi

Year and place of birth: 1965, Dakar (Senegal)

The work of Pélagie Gbaguidi focuses on colonial and post-colonial history. She describes herself as a contemporary ‘griot’. Traditionally this term alludes to a West-African storyteller who preserves oral histories and cultural traditions. She herself defines her role as a mediator between individual memories and the ancestral past. Gbaguidi’s works often allude to the overlooked stories which so-called official historiography tries to rid of simplifications, archetypes and even lies. The artist is active in diverse media, including painting, drawing, performance and installation.

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