Keren Lasme is a multidisciplinary artist and independent researcher based in Abidjan. After studying African philosophy, Keren Lasme’s artistic work focuses on ideas, thoughts and states of mind, mostly related to the material and immaterial contexts of the continent’s cultures. The artist attempts to visually retranscribe a deep exploration of the Self and of the inner landscapes specific to each person through photography, collage, drawing, video or writing. Her work shows what we do not see, what transcends the purely visual aspect. She highlights the beauty and mystery of these fragments or details of the invisible that spring up beyond the representation of the subject in itself as coming from the perception of the mind.
White I, White is for the spirit world, 2019, photography, 29,7 x 42 cm
This series of black and white portraits was taken in the town of Grand-Bassam during the “Abissa”. It’s a cultural festival that celebrates the new year for the Nzima, the Akan people of Ivory Coast. This ceremony includes dance, music and other traditional rites. The artist transposes here a peaceful aspect contrasted with this tumultuous event where works of the spirit cross through the spiritual practices that emerge from these relaxed portraits.
Untitled I, Visual reverie, 2020 – ongoing, digital collage, 14 x 9 cm
The digital collage is for the artist an exploration of the subconscious by selecting random images that she associates to create enigmatic sets. This practise stimulates the mind that mysteriously always finds a meaning.
Untitled I, Beneath our skin lies the sun, 2019, photography, 29,7 x 42 cm
This series highlights the humanism of these women without focusing on their skin, whose beauty and harmony she claims.
I close my eyes and i begin to see, Visual reverie, 2020 – ongoing, digital collage, 14 x 9 cm
Unable to experiment photography during the lock down period, Keren Lasme initiated herself into digital collage using fragments of images that she found online without any specific purpose. By associating it, she creates sets that evoke many stories and references that the subconscious miraculously translates.
Untitled V, Encounter with ancestral divinities, 2019, photography, 90 x 97 cm
Produced in Ouidah, Benin, Keren Lasme captures a series of photos taken during a religious ceremony. The details and the offbeat shots evoke another dimension of reality. Traces of gold are then deposited on the printed photos exacerbating this transcendent reality and invoking the divine.
White I, White is for the Spirit World
Untitled I, Visual Reverie
Untitled I, Beneath our skin lies the sun
I close my eyes and I begin to see, Visuel reverie