Born 1978, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The violence that followed the disputed Ivorian presidential election in late 2010 greatly influenced Armand Boua’s work. As the conflict escalated, many children were separated from their families amidst the political turmoil that enveloped Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s sprawling capital. Drawn to densely populated areas in search of work, the children find themselves vulnerable to exploitation and often excluded from the very opportunities they sought after. These children tend to live in slums with poor sanitation, minimal access to safe drinking water and overcrowded schools. Leaving the slums to escape these conditions means facing a worse predicament, enduring life on the street.
Recent acquisitions have namely been made by the Saatchi Gallery, UK and The Franks-Suss Collection, Hong Kong.
Armand Boua is included int he group exhibition entitled 'PANGAEA II: New art from Africa and Latin America' show held at the Saatchi Gallery 4 March-6 September 2015.