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John Goba

Born in 1944, Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone
Lives and works in Freetown, Sierra Leone



Of Mende origin, John Goba was born into the hermetic milieu of women's Bondo Society, in which his grandmother played an important role. Goba came of age under her protection, and at the end of his period of initiation, he settled in Mountain Cut, a district in Freetown. There, when he was about thirty, he experienced a revelation that prompted him to begin making masks for the Ode-lay initiation rituals and masquerades that had sprung up in Freetown in the 1970s.  Ode-lay masks and dress are characterized by an extraordinary ornamental exuberance, incorporating unexpected materials (such as Christmas tree ornaments) to achieve spectacular effects.  Goba's first masks, made of wood and brightly coloured with industrial paint, initially followed Ode-lay customs.  As he became more experienced, he began to create sculptures with greater freedom.

Goba's imagery is inspired by the traditional lore and mysteries of his environment and his sculptures are a skilful blend of figures borrowed from time-honoured tales and his own fantasies. A multitude of porcupine quills invariably protrude from the main characters of his tableaux, as if assuring their protection and forbidding any access to the heart -or secret core- of the work. Each sculpture, Goba likes to say, has its own private history to which only the artist has the key.

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PUBLICATIONS

Les Initiés, un choix d'oeuvres (1989-2009) de la collection d'art contemporain africain de J. Pigozzi

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé,

Les Initiés, un choix d'oeuvres (1989-2009) de la collection d'art contemporain africain de J. Pigozzi

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Author : Suzanne Pagé, André Magnin, Angeline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande
Editor : Fondation Louis Vuitton, Dilecta
2017
African Stories

Joël Andrianomearisoa,

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

George Lilanga,

Albert Lubaki,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Gérard Quenum,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Cyprien Tokoudagba,

Pathy Tshindele,

Billie Zangewa

African Stories

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Author : André Magnin

2014

PRESS


Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Un été africain à Paris

Le Figaro Scope

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By Valérie Duponchelle, Sophie De Santis, Margaux d'Adhémar

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10.07.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez


Les Initiés - Un choix d'oeuvres de la collection d'art africain de Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)

Télérama
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30.06.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Les 15 meilleurs catalogues d'expositions de Paris

Evous

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By André Balbo

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05.06.2017
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Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

Malick Sidibé


Art/Africa: le nouvel atelier

Damn Magazine

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By Anna Sansom

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01.06.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Les Initiés vous attendent à la Fondation Vuitton

Syma News

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By Florence Yeremian

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26.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Fondation Louis Vuitton Presents the Best African Contemporary Art

Crave

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By Miss Rozen

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25.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier, à la Fondation Vuitton

Evous

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By André Balbo

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20.05.2017
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Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Bodys Isek Kingelez


From Porto-Novo to ParisAfrica, contemporary art's new hot-spot

The Economist
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11.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


L'incontournable collection Pigozzi, Portfolio

Le Monde Hors-série. Le printemps africain. Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier à la Fondation LV

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By Suzanne Pagé

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01.05.2017
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Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba


A look on the exhibitions at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Aeworld
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27.04.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Esther Mahlangu ,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Malick Sidibé,

Cyprien Tokoudagba


A la recherche de l'art contemporain

Le Monde Afrique

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By Philippe Dagen

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26.04.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

John Goba,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez


Jean Pigozzi, défricheur de l'art contemporain

La Gazette de Drouot

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By Annick Colonna-Cesari

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16.04.2017
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Rabat célèbre

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Malick Sidibé


Rabat célèbre " L'Afrique en Capitale "

La nouvelle Tribune

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By Leila Ouazry

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08.03.2017

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda


Musée d'art contemporain à Marrakech: Blessures et résilience de l'Afrique

L'Economiste

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By Stéphanie JACOB

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21.02.2017
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Amani Bodo,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Moke


Jean Pigozzi, Chercheur de talents

Connaissance des arts

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By Guillaume Morel

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01.02.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

George Lilanga,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Avril 2017. Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier

Evous

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By André Balbo

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03.01.2017
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Amani Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray


La cité ocre se dote d'un Musée d'art contemporain africain

Le Matin Maroc

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By Mokhtar Grioute

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22.11.2016
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John Goba


Pleins feux sur l'Afrique

Quotidien de l'art

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By Sabrina Silamo

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18.11.2015
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