Ernest Dükü, 'Ô bee 9 Afrodisiaque @ code A Karmak Shuffle', 2014, Drawing and collage on creased Chinese paper, 116 x 100 cm, Courtesy of the artist
Ernest Dükü, 'Ô bee 9 Afrodisiaque @ code A Karmak Shuffle', 2014, Drawing and collage on creased Chinese paper, 116 x 100 cm, Courtesy of the artist 

In Ernest Dükü’s work, textures, colours, signs are deeply intertwined. Traditional Akan signs engage dialogue with Egyptian, Ethiopian, Caribbean, Christian, Islamic, Jewish symbols to achieve well-balanced, rhythmic and contemporary results. The ‘mixture’ is the sum of all the unsaid words we have in our heads and an open invitation to a peaceful rebirth. ‘Everything in the human world has consisted of symbols as long as mankind has existed. Yet it is said that Africa has no history, because it is not written down in text. But there is an African history that is recorded by means of symbols. That’s why I use numbers and symbols; it is a criticism of this attitude and a desire to show how the symbolic can be reverted to its former glory’.

Dükü started out as an architect and designer, before dedicating himself to painting and sculpture. His work has been featured in group exhibitions in Paris (2015), Abidjan (2013), and London (2011), amongst many others.