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The creativity point: The young visual artist Josué Comoe

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In college, it’s my drawing teacher from the 3rd class who gave me the taste of painting by teaching us the technique of mosaic on wet paper. I regret a little not having continued my personal training. At that time I was too focused to work on the “real matters” (as my father said) with large coefficients. 1 year ago I bought paint and Canson paper without ever finding the motivation to get back to it. Maybe one day…

You itgot , I have an affinity for painting (and all its derivatives) and I spend hours scrolling on Tumblr to discover artists. So today, in the creativity point, I’m talking about the artist Joshua Comoe.

 

The representation of Afro-descendants in France

A few months ago, in my digital wanderings, I came across a tweet-promo of Josué Comoe, a young visual artist from Côte d’Ivoire, who exhibited his work “La lutte” on that weekend in Paris. So I embarked K. for a small Sunday Brunch / Exhibition and we went to discover the work of this young talent promised to a bright future.

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Josué Comoe is a graduate of the School of Decorative Arts in Paris and a model. It is the world of fashion that allowed him to question the problematic representation of Afro-descendants, and more broadly non-white people, in France: hyper-sexualisation and clichés from a racist imaginary. He makes the observation that having dark black skin, it is systematically asked him to shave the hair for example.

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Awareness is slow but raw and he finally makes the choice to reclaim his body: he wears his natural hair in afro, refuses to be skin-lightened during photo editing. As a result, he has fewer castings and contracts but he accepts it. It is about being honest with oneself and one’s image.

 

The depth and sensitivity of Joshua Comoe’s paintings

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I found Joshua Comoe‘s works both very subtle and very strong. One of those that can not be contemplated without returning to fundamental questions of “who am I?” “Where am I going?” “with whom?”.

I had several favorites:

The albino child: This is the first time I see a painting representing an albino person so realistically with attention to detail. Why is he suffering? What is our view of albino people?

The hairdressing session: Memories of childhood then young woman, the hairdressing session is a moment of intimacy that immediately echoed in me.

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As you can see, I enjoyed this exhibition by Joshua Comoe and I warmly invite you to follow his work josuecomoe.tumblr.com.

He is currently working on a new series so Stay Tuned!

Besos!

L.

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