Foam presents the outdoor exhibition Fordili: A Cenotaphic Allusion to Cognition by photographer Aàdesokan at Het Stenen Hoofd.
What role does perception play when telling a story? Photographer Aàdesokan feels the weight of the story that will never get told. Representation is always subjective. This is how the human mind functions.
In January 2016, Aàdesokan observed what it's like to be of a unique group of people in Lagos. The exhibition Fordili: A Cenotaphic Allusion to Cognition at Het Stenen Hoofd tells the story of the man Fordili, a fictional character and imagined representation of the Lagos street hustlers, portrayed through a stone head imaginary allusion. The deconstruction of each image into its primary colour components opens a space for dialogue between the idea and reality of Fordili.
This series was conceptualised as a visual response on dialogues with Aàdesokan's perception of Fordili's everyday reality, as he commutes the streets of Lagos. As cognition comes with its own histories, experiences and intuition, the installation uncouples these dialogues.
Fordili Portrait, part of the series Fordili - A Cenotaphic Allusion to Cognition, 2016 © Aàdesokan, courtesy of the artist.
Aàdesokan (b. 1994, Lagos) creates for revelation and aims to interrogate the mind. His own mind and its endless perceptions have been exposed to various psychoanalytic methodologies by his psychologist father at an early age.
Although his expressions are eclectic, his works usually stem from ceaseless inquisitions realised through research whilst leveraging his background education as a Mechanical Engineer to formulate balanced compositions of art, photography and literature.
-> Aàdesokan is also part of the exhibition Foam Talent | Digital.
The exhibition is made possible by Gemeente Amsterdam, Stadsdeel West.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.