Solo Show Jean Laurent Koné Zié

12.03.2021 - 17.04.2021

Galerie Melbye-Konan presents Jean-Laurent Koné Zié's first solo exhibition in Europe in its 230m2 space in Hamburg from March 12 to April 17, 2021 over 230m2. The exhibition, titled Together, presents a selection of colorful and joyful works by Koné Zié, an emerging artist on the African scene, in which he examines human interactions and relationships. Group scenes, in platonic, family or romantic love, which oscillates between freedom and common security, are represented in the works of Koné Zié. In his works, Koné Zié manages to paint what we miss most at the moment: a life of interpersonal closeness. The pandemic has been going on for a year now and has radically changed our lives and our solidarity since then. Koné Zie's works are from the past and memories as well as the future and hope for a life without Corona at the same time.

Self-explanatory and sweet. And always in community - this is how Koné Zié shows himself in his works, which can be seen in the personal exhibition and which thus awakens memories of a time before the pandemic.

In the field of tension between freedom and shared security, the figures of Koné Zié move sometimes in platonic, sometimes in family and sometimes in loving affection for one another. The exhibition can be divided into two sections. On the one hand, juvenile freedom, which discovers the difference, builds bridges and creates harmony and on the other hand in the field of family and community cohesion.

The colorful young adults, who have yet to build this connection, kiss towards the sunset or form small groups in which they experience the freedom of the young. Mopeds as an expression of mobility and smartphones, omnipresent companions of our society, awaken young adults in search of tranquility and serenity. The importance of community and belonging despite all our differences appears clearly in Koné Zié's images through the different models and strong contrasts.

No less intimate, Koné Zié impressively shows the warmth and protection they offer in his paintings of families and communities of different ages. When doing laundry, traveling or cooking, the shadow-shaped figures move against a warm background, enveloping us in the warmth of the community.

The diversity of Koné Zié's images brings the viewer into the image. The tension between the individual creates attraction and encourages one to regard the other as an enrichment to oneself. The various models leave enough room for our own and invite us to find our way into action. A hope that we would like to return to. Because society, individual or multiple, is then apparently what makes us human. In this regard, Koné-Zié's images can also be read as a call and a reminder to protect what is currently genuinely threatened. Unity and our fellows.