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Galerie Francesca Pia will mount a solo presentation of sculptural works by Dozie Kanu. The artist’s experimental formal language lies at the intersection of art and design, undermining any rigid division between the genres. Bringing new life to found objects and industrial readymades, his assemblages allude to functionality while also transcending and disrupting utilitarian value. The complex symbolism of Kanu’s work is infused with his lived experience as a Nigerian-American and interrogation of the relationship between material culture, the African diaspora, and Black consciousness.
About the Gallery
Galerie Francesca Pia was founded 1990 in Bern and has since then consistently fostered important contemporary artists from their first exhibitions forward, including positions such as Betty Woodman (1990), Peter Fischli & David Weiss (1992), Hans-Peter Feldmann (1993), Thomas Bayrle (1998), Mai-Thu Perret (2000), Wade Guyton (2004), Jutta Koether (2008) and Rochelle Feinstein (2016) et al. Until today the gallery is known for the discovery and promotion of emerging artists.
Dozie Kanu, Chair [ iii ] (Dark), 2022, Poured concrete, steel, rims, Ed. of 7 (+ 2 AP), 91.4 x 41.9 x 52.1 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Francesca Pia
Dozie Kanu, Hang something metric, 2022, Found water pump component, steel, coat hanging clips, 150 cm measuring stick, 250 x 150 x 40 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Francesca Pia
Dozie Kanu, ARS JUS PAX (inverted), 2019, Hand tufted New Zealand wool, Ed. 3/5 (+ 1 AP), Diameter 139.7 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Francesca Pia