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Kulango Figurines is designed to introduce various miniature works created by the Kulango in northeastern Cote d'Ivoire who were formerly vassals of the two kingdoms that inhabited the country Bouna and Gyaman Their extraordinarily varied art which can be both intriguing and disconcerting is relatively unknown Their metal sculptures in particular display a strikingly free expressiveness breaking as they do with the iconographic codes that govern their works in wood Doing away with immobile remoteness bodies seem to reinvent movement sometimes adopting almost choreographic gestures an airy grace sinuous lines Or in trembling tension some display unexpected twists and provocative curves while others stretch out impossibly or offer a chance for virtuoso foreshortening and stylised bodies Still others are even stranger like Siamese twins inseparable triplets headless figures or

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Igures with one head on two torsos with one leg or four webbed feet outsize arms and hooped bodies Who are these enigmatic beings whose bulging eyes peer at the invisible Is the sculpture confined to just these specimens The range of styles is simply astonishing the forms beyond imagination The collection includes over 100 figurines none of which is over 10cm tall pendants amulets fortune tellers' statuettes or weights for gold Introduced into our world through the metamorphosis of photography transfigured by lighting and framing effects these resurrected works have been revitalised like apparitions from another world Text in English and French AUTHOR Alain Michel Boyer studied anthropology and political sciences at the Institut d'Etudes Politiues in Paris A Fulbright Scholar he also holds a doctorate from the Sorbonne He has taught at several universities in the United State.

S A former member of the Conseil National des Universites in Paris he is now a professor emeritus of African art He has done field research on many occasions in the Cote d'Ivoire Mali Ghana Zimbabwe among other places Pierluigi Peroni was born in Italy in 1955 He earned a Master's degree in Business and Economics from the Bocconi University in Milan He currently manages a multinational company Pierluigi Peroni has always nurtured great love for Africa and African art which he studies and collects with attention and passion He often travels to Africa and is a specialisit in African bronzes and African miniatures He has written several articles and published five books on his collection of African art He exhibited his collection of Kotoko bronzes in Milan in 2011 and in Belgrade from 2013 to 2014 as well as his collection of African miniatures in Krakow in 2016 180 colour image.

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