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Abu Bakarr Mansaray

Abu Bakarr Mansaray was born in 1969 in Tongo (or Tongoma) in eastern Sierra Leone.
He moved to his uncle's house in Freetown, the capital, in 1987.

Abu Bakarr Mansaray was born in 1969 in Tongo (or Tongoma) in eastern Sierra Leone.

He moved to his uncle's house in Freetown, the capital, in 1987.
It is in a country that will soon experience the pain of civil war that Mansaray decides to become an artist.  With an incredible will to learn, he reinvents a technique very common in West Africa, which consists of making decorative objects or toys out of wire, to create improbable futuristic machines. "I am an artist who creates without setting any limits. I draw, paint, sculpt... I also invent machines for my own use, and sometimes for others."
Working on the development of systems and machinery, he studies alone in the textbooks of chemistry, physics, electronics, mathematics and proclaims himself successively "Professor", then "The Master", "The Master and Magnificent" and finally "Professor Abu The Magnificent". "My official name is Abu-Bockari Mansaray but most people call me Abu Bakarr Mansaray, which means the master, in reference to my extraordinary skills. I make unique and futuristic sculptures with machines I built myself that make these sculptures dynamic works capable of producing fire, sound, smoke, running, exploding, cold...".

An elusive character, traumatized by the civil war, Mansaray is passionate about science fiction and the only human capable of seeing and understanding the aliens who live among us and want to destroy us. From now on, he exclusively creates extraordinary drawings with graphite and colored pencils. Schematics, accompanied by calculations and comments, representing very precise mechanisms sketching incredible futuristic machines.
There is no doubt that the political, economic and social situation in Sierra Leone, a country where war has left its mark on minds and bodies, has shaped the artist's imagination. In 1998 he managed to flee his country in extremis for the Netherlands, but his work remains a witness to the atrocity of this war.
    
The titles of his works, Digital man (2004), Sinister Project (2006), The Aliens most sufisticated nuclear hammer SUV (2010), Sufisticated Hell Lizard (2011) or Terrific, Poisonous and Hostile (2011) evoke images of destruction and death and recall the titles of B-movies of science fiction or horror. In The Aliens Ultimate. Bad Ass. (2016) the artist announces the advent of the Aliens and their desire to destroy humanity. A terrifying ship with complex machinery imports alien executioners to Earth who slaughter helpless humans with guns and sickles. Mansaray sees himself as a kind of interpreter of the alien creatures, bearers of a "superhuman" intelligence, and presents himself as the only one who can avoid the announced catastrophe: "Pray not to witness this calamity. See me for the solution".    

"I like to make strange and complicated drawings, to create complex machines inspired by scientific ideas that sometimes go beyond what humans can imagine. I want people to feel the power of creation."


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PUBLICATIONS

Alpha Crucis - Contemporary African Art

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Kay Hassan,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Nicholas Hlobo,

Lebohang Kganye,

Houston Maludi,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray

Senzeni Marasela ,

JP Mika,

Fabrice Monteiro ,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

Wura-Natasha Ogunji,

Amadou Sanogo,

Billie Zangewa,

Alpha Crucis - Contemporary African Art

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Author : Gunnar B. Kvaran, André Magnin, Babacar Mbaye Diop, Franck Hermann Ekra, Sean O'Toole, Ayodeji Rotinwa

2020
Les Initiés, un choix d'oeuvres (1989-2009) de la collection d'art contemporain africain de J. Pigozzi

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé,

Les Initiés, un choix d'oeuvres (1989-2009) de la collection d'art contemporain africain de J. Pigozzi

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Author : Suzanne Pagé, André Magnin, Angeline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande
Editor : Fondation Louis Vuitton, Dilecta
2017

PRESS


Chéri Samba,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Jean Pigozzi : "Quand les gens auront vu la puissance de l'art africain..."

Le Point Afrique

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By Pascal Jouary

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23.06.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Les 15 meilleurs catalogues d'expositions de Paris

Evous

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By André Balbo

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05.06.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Les Initiés vous attendent à la Fondation Vuitton

Syma News

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By Florence Yeremian

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26.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier, à la Fondation Vuitton

Evous

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By André Balbo

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20.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


L'incontournable collection Pigozzi, Portfolio

Le Monde Hors-série. Le printemps africain. Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier à la Fondation LV

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By Suzanne Pagé

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01.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Malick Sidibé


Singularité et universalité de l'art africain

Le Monde

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By Philippe Dagen

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28.04.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Esther Mahlangu ,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Malick Sidibé,

Cyprien Tokoudagba


A la recherche de l'art contemporain

Le Monde Afrique

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By Philippe Dagen

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26.04.2017
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Calixte Dakpogan,

Seydou Keïta,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Focus sur la vibrante scène sud-africaine à la Fondation Vuitton

Le Parisien
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26.04.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

George Lilanga,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Avril 2017. Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier

Evous

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By André Balbo

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03.01.2017
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Amani Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray


La cité ocre se dote d'un Musée d'art contemporain africain

Le Matin Maroc

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By Mokhtar Grioute

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22.11.2016
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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

André Magnin,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngaimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Marché de l'art : voici l'Afrique contemporaine

Le Huffington Post

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By Jérôme Stern

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09.08.2016
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Romuald Hazoumè,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray


Contemporary African art to take centre stage at Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Art Newspaper

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By Gareth Harris

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04.08.2016
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Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

JP Mika


Art africain : les valeurs sûres

RFI

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By Norbert Navarro

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06.03.2016
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

JP Mika,

Malick Sidibé


La folie des artistes africains. De New-York à Paris.

Beaux-Arts Magazine

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By Emmanuelle Lequeux

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01.03.2016
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Gonçalo Mabunda,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray


Seize artistes africains à la Biennale de Venise

Le Monde

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By Roxana Azimi

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17.03.2015
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