Isaac, Malagasy Digital Painter – These rising artists,

He favored the groove. He dreamed of being a rapper, to have the option to sing all his rebellions in a “flow”. Isaac, born Isaac Azaly, lastly turned a painter. A polymorphous artist, enthusiastic about pictures and African American tradition, who most popular photographs to phrases to share his wounds, his questions. Without, nevertheless, denying his past love. He says he tailored rap strategies to his portray. To take heed to him, he does not paint, he writes.

In his small workshop on the bottom ground of an outdated Tananarivian constructing within the Ankadifotsy district, notes always reverberate. This is the place Isaac, 37, sleeps, eats, entertains, creates and in addition desires. A singular, spartan piece through which he has agreed to disclose himself. “I see the painting as a sample layer. Samples are samples. It’s a way of working in musical composition, in rap, when we create instrumentals,” he explains.

He doesn’t superimpose sounds, however photographs. In twelve years, Isaac has perfected his inventive approach. Everything first begins in Photoshop.“I start from a matrix. This is the first basis of the work: it is all the elements that I collect to achieve an image, a composition that belongs to me. And there I collected different elements from different photographs, parts that I like and that I find aesthetic and that correspond to my view of things at the moment. More abstract things, which give free rein to travel, to emotions, much more than before.

“No limit, no barrier” Regardless of his phases, Isaac has given himself a principle: to give dignity to the people he represents, by their look or by their attitude. This dignity, he says, that we have today taken from the Malagasy people, and for which they must compensate.” I might discover it troublesome to outline my artwork at this time, he explains, so references and mixtures. It can also be what defines my identification, these completely different layers, these completely different contributions, whether or not it’s from outdoors or from right here. I make the most of this in my creation to be as free as potential. No restrict, no barrier. »

No barrier, however “brakes” as he modestly calls them, which he took into his head. In 2002, when he was a teen, he and his household had been pressured into exile for political and safety causes. First the Comoros, then France and its discrimination.” When I acquired there, I understood what it was prefer to have black pores and skin. It was a traumatic expertise, but additionally a wealthy one. Somehow I constructed myself a stronger identification by my pores and skin coloration. When I returned to Mada in 2007, I had a need to transcend actuality a little bit. Having chosen to return was very necessary in my work. I had a mix of rage and artistic will in me.”

And that rage paid off. Today, Isaac makes a dwelling from his artwork. Enough, he jokes, to have sufficient to purchase brushes and proceed portray. Since Covid, instances have been significantly onerous on the island.

The espresso swallowed down the road, Isaac and his 1.90 meters throw themselves again into the darkness. A video projector tasks his newest digital work onto a display screen. With the marker, he fixes the contours earlier than portray. And earlier than load discount interrupts it, for the first time: “We are not complaining. It’s a way of life. In other words, we accepted this very difficult reality. It is the seum culture. Seum becomes an art, a force. Even in our hardest everyday life, we always want to create.”

Create to share, to spark, to ascertain dialogue, in Madagascar, however above all past the island. Isaac, Majunga’s enfant horrible, has calmed down. But in his works, in ambush: his insolence, unwavering. “Arte vendica la vita”, he exclaims mischievously. Art avenges life.

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