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Art Rotterdam : Deborah Metsch at the African Artist Foundation


Deborah Metsch (b 1970) is a photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Toulouse, France. From 1974 and 1983, Metsch lived in the Ivory Coast. In 1997, she returned to Africa and exhibited her first photographs at the America Centre in Accra, Ghana. She has also spent time living and working in New York City and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Other cities she has captured through photography include Palermo, Casablanca, Siem Reap, Perth, Sidney, Saigon, Hoi An, Bamako, Accra and Abidjan amongst others.

Over the last 2 years, she has been working on a new series where she combines her photography with expressive, painterly interventions. Each work starts with a large black and white gelatin silver process photograph. This source material is then reworked with chemicals that oxidise and alter the images. Further pigments, solvents, paint and varnishes may then be introduced to create layered images that merge memory and self-expression. The result is an evocative palimpsest where new meaning is created by revealing and obfuscating certain elements.


African Art Foundation
3B Isiola Oyekan Close,Off Adeleke Adedoyin,
Victoria Island,
[email protected]

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