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Dominique Zinkpè (1969) has been regularly participating in exhibitions all over the world for more than a decade now, including the Biennale of Dakar and exhibitions in France, Germany and Japan. He makes sculptures, paintings and installations.
Zinkpé achieved world-fame with his ‘taxi-brousse’ project: painted taxis jam-packed with passengers and overloaded with luggage were to bring art closer to the man in the street. The exhibition drew about five hundred people a day.
At the centre of his work are human-sized sculptures made from branches of wood, iron wire and textiles. The deformed branches which form the construction of the sculptures resemble the roots of the mangrove. These personages combine an animalistic and natural appearance with human characteristics. They refer to situations in the daily life of Zinkpé on a local, regional and international level, such as political injustice, religion and AIDS.
Zinkpè stayed in the Thami Mnyele Foundation Studio at the beginning of 2003. His taxi featured in the ‘Afrika Hier en Nu’ exhibition at the CBK in Emmen. He also exhibited a ‘hospital bed’, on which was lying a gunnysack figure linked up to dozens of drips with the names of relief organizations on them.
Domique Zinkpè lives and works in Marseille and Cotonou, Benin.

Zinkpe was invited by the African in the Picture festival where he produced his famous taxi project.
Painted taxis overloaded with luggage were used to explore transience, accumulation and proximity, while at the same time bringing art closer to the man in the street.
Taxi Zinkpe was driven around the city of Amsterdam during the Africa in the Picture film festival 2003.

Dominique Zinkpè
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Ziyanda Majozi
Emmanuel Iduma
Simangaliso Sibiya
Razia Barsatie
Jabu Arnell
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere
Zanele Muholi
Lara Bourdin
Awaad Issa
Ashraf Moneim
Louis Boshoff
Krishna Luchoomun
Ruan Hoffmann
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers
Michele Tabor
Koyo Kouoh
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Hasan and Husain Essop
Leo Lefort
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Akintunde Akinleye
Akirash
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye
Adriaan de Villiers
Zanele Muholi
Hadia Gana
James Iroha Uchechukwu
Mahmoud Khaled
Sarah Erzfinke
Batoul Shimi
Thierry Mandon
Gabriel Kemzo Malou
Ngone Fall
Odili Donald Odita
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita
Rehab El Sadek
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpè
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Rafs Mayet
Henk Rossouw
Nawaal Deane
Darryl Accone
Louis Mhlanga
Krishna Luchoomun
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer
Artists 1992-1998 >>