DIMITRI FAGBOHOUN - Benin
Black Brain, 2011
In my latest video piece, Black Brain, I deal with the misuse of the natural resources that belong to all of humanity. I question the unequal economic relationship between North and South, as well as the market for raw materials.
Dimitri Fagbohoun was born in Benin in July 1972 to a Beninese father and a Ukrainian mother. He grew up in Cameroon before moving to France, where he now lives and works. An artistic output embracing photography, video and installations reflects his personal background, focusing on social issues relating to identity, politics and memory: the video In_Secure looks at illegal immigration and the living conditions it generates, exploring the schizophrenic feeling of insecurity of undocumented security officers working in France, but with the technical status of criminals. Historia, the series he is currently working on, uses a two-part approach to make us stop and think about the way history, despite repeating itself, fades from our minds. Dimitri Fagbohoun’s work was shown at the Encounters of Bamako in 2007, the Festival Pan-Africain in Algiers in 2009 and the Picha Biennial in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2010.