In September 2023 at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris, Kehinde Wiley unveiled exclusively a series of portraits of African heads of state – an exploratory project around the representation of power on which the painter has been working confidentially since 2012.

Publication Kehinde Wiley – A Maze of Power
Years 2024
Editor TEMPLON | Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Texts Sarah Ligner
ISBN 978-2-917515-56-3
Pages 80
Rate 28 € TTC
Cover Portrait of Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, 2023, detail
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“A Maze of Power superimposes several perspectives — that of European painting, that of the sitters, that of the painter and that of the viewer — in order to decipher absent speech and offer a commentary amid the noise and fury of African presidencies, imagined or otherwise […] The painter represents the res publica, the state and its figureheads; heads and former heads of state. The portrait gives them an incarnation.” — Mamadou Diouf