The Jean Pigozzi African Art Collection
Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou : Code Noir, Jack Bell Gallery, London
from 16/01/2015 to 14/02/2015Jack Bell Gallery presents a new body of work by Benin photographer, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou. His ongoing portraiture project, Citizens of Porto-Novo, captures the people of Benins capital. Using a medium format camera and shooting on location with natural light, Agbodjelou interprets the experience of a generation caught between tradition and progress.
Entitled Code Noir, this new series delves deeper into Benins turbulent slave trade history. Code Noir was a French colonial decree and guide to managing slaves. The decree suggested punishments for crimes such as attempted escape, advocated extreme discipline over slaves and legitimized corporal punishment.
Link to the exhibition website