ABOUDIA: Light & Dark at the Thompson Gallery

Aboudia—Light & Dark, the third exhibition in the Light & Dark series, presents the vivid paintings and collages of Aboudia, which blend traditional African and modern Western art with graffiti-style mark making. The Light & Dark series, which focuses on various interpretations of light and dark—naturalism in the first exhibition, and poetic allusion in the second—turns its attention to examine civil upheaval in two related exhibitions at CSW to address the dark and light sides of civil conflict. In the Thompson Gallery, the art of Aboudia (Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, b. 1983, Abidjan, Ivory Coast) amplifies the voices of his hometown’s orphaned children. At the Red Wall Gallery (Mugar Center for Performing Arts), the work of Gonçalo Mabunda (b. 1975, Maputo, Mozambique) addresses the Mozambican Civil War with his assemblage masks exclusively made with residual, found weapon parts and war detritus.

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