Jean Baptiste Djeka
Bouaké (Costa de Marfil), 1981
The Painter, sculptor and photographer Jean-Baptiste Djeka won the Grand Prix Guy Nairay of Photography Award organized by the Houkani Guyzan Gallery. For Djeka each canvas is a permanent reflection, a new challenge for the spectator to lose him in the symbolic system on the meaning of the work. This interrogation is owed to the fact that Djeka makes use of all techniques to realize his creations that he draws from the Akan Waoulé (Baoulé) to bridge the cultures. In his own words «any culture, whatever the origin, native, foreign or extraterrestrial, belongs to everyone as soon as it sets foot on earth.»
Through his works, Djeka represents and speaks of the transformation of culture based on its origin, which is the quest of every human being. He relies heavily on the African esoteric inheritance, ancestors, symbols, and masks to express himself. Painter and sculptor, Djeka uses a pasting and casting practice with an ease that makes it possible for him to create movement and tension in his paintings. He participates in many local exhibits and shows in galleries on the African continent.