Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani / Biography

Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani was born in Togo and currently lives in Stuttgart (Germany). Graduated from the College of Arts and Crafts in Kpalimé (Togo), his artistic practice encompasses painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and video.

His work deals with African identities, as well as social and global issues.

His exhibitions include the 13 th Havana Biennial/ FIVAC Festival in Cuba (2019); 1 st International Video Art Forum in Dammam, Saudi Arabia (2018); 31 st Festival Instants Vidéo in Marseille, France (2018); 6 th International Biennial of Performance in Bogotá, Colombia (2018-2019); 18 th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh in Dhaka (2018); 13 th Athens Digital Arts Festival in Athens, Greece (2017); NSK State Pavilion at the 57 th Venice Biennale in Italy (2017); Time is Love.10 at ZKM Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany (2017); Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey (2016); „Protest“ at Hazard Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa (2015), among others.

Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani has received a Certificate of Finalist at the Global Art Awards 2018 in Dubai, he won the Best Video Art Prize at the 17 th International Film Festival „Zoom-Zblizenia“ 2014 in Jelenia Gora, Poland.

Artist Statement :

Originally from Togo and now based in Germany, I have seen my work developed over time. My artistic practice encompasses painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and video. My duty as an artist is to reflect on some issues related to society. The artist in my opinion, is a mirror of society. I am convinced that the artist can play an important role in providing solutions to
our problems.

Seeking to build a better world through art, I work on various social issues, African cultural identities, search for peace among people, and also human physical communication in the age of new technologies. I follow a strong approach against violence, racism and exclusion.

I believe that my art can bring something positive to humanity.

Video, 2019, 5´

The video “keke” (Bicycle) was shot in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam is well-known for its numerous bicycles at every corner of the city.

The video “keke” is about the use of bicycle in the city and its positive impact on the environment. Riding a bicycle is good for health and environment.