Abdoulaye Konaté

21 Apr 2016 – 18 Sep 2016

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”I wouldn’t say I am an activist but I am interested in social issues. I see human suffering. People usually portray it under a political angle; I prefer to do so under a social angle.”
Abdoulaye Konaté


Abdoulaye Konaté brings together patches and ribbons of dyed cloth to create beautiful, simple compositions. His material specifically originates from his homeland, Mali, referencing the country’s textile tradition. Cotton is a part of the identity of the nation and an important export for Mali.

For Konaté each work begins with preparatory sketches. Assistants and local crafts people dye the cotton in all conceivable shades, and it is then assembled into largescale textile works and installations. They are sewn over with a sewing machine and finally the signature is embroidered at the end. Each work is a major project, which in its finished form, radiates both simplicity and complexity.

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