When objects sold on the market become a fictive museum collection
The documentation of the collection Peyipawouo Mama results from a collaborative effort with Azize Mama (Peyipawouo Mama). It was first presented in the form of an edition focusing on fifteen distinctive objects. It then turned into a website, the official website of the “Bofaar gallery”, connected via a QR code to the space on the flea market that Azize rents several times a week to do business.
The collection humorously defines itself as BOFAAR (Fine hand-made objects, Old but not very much, From West Africa, Free information) in reaction to traditional denominations associated with African objects such as primitive art or tribal art, and according to a more spontaneous approach relevant to the objects’ functional nature. The texts accompanying the photographs derive from oral explanations transcribed and adjusted to the written register. This hybrid writing combines our respective uses of language, either that of orality or that of writing.