Babena - On the back

  • Dates Du 5 au 26 mai 2011

The Inspiration of Herizo Razafimbelo

In addition to knowledge and intelligence, the human being has an innate talent.

This native gift, imperishable, always follows him/her; it is always on his/her back.

That is what Herizo Razafimbelo intends to illustrate in this exhibition of contemporary art which is entitled BABENA or On the Back.

For a plastic artist, to express himself/herself by sealing his/her imprint on the canvas is both a gift and an honor. And it is the more of ease for the artist to do it, given that the gift is never so far, but always ‘on the back’.

Media can be found anywhere. Shades are ever changing, sometimes here, sometimes away. But the creative inspiration is ever present at the right moment. It is because the native gift is always ‘on the back’. Hence the theme of this present exhibition BABENA - ON THE BACK. > Readmore

Media: Hessian jute and standard canvas.

The artist reconciles these two media in his work: Hessian jute and standard cloth.

Hessian once served as canvas wrapper. Despite the changes that may have obliterated the existence of such material as Hessian, Herizo Razafimbelo is giving it some new significance and some new utilities. Nevertheless, despite the fact that the content is generally what counts, the artist is transforming the container, that which serves as a ‘wrapper’ in art. Now, the past is wrapped in the present, an unforgettable past which always lies ‘on the back’.

The device reconciling Hessian jute with standard canvas is what marks the originality of this contemporary artist. Herizo Razafimbelo makes the use of standard canvas covered with terracotta (mixed with other mixtures to get softened and fixed to the canvas, so as to render the whole waterproof), in addition to the so-called inspiration. Then, the whole is fastened and stitched up with natural threads on the Hessian. It is a compound painting.

While earth is enlivening, Hessian is conserving: a compound technique, containing the present and the past, in order to bring contemporary art more energy and more beauty.

As a Malagasy, Herizo Razafimbelo is representing the daily lives of Malagasy people. He feels the awareness of what surrounds him, these mute voices which follow him and whispers to him. He is proud of being a Malagasy and bears it ‘on his back’.

Foreign and unknown values are invading. And we are gradually forgetting ours. Herizo Razafimbelo wishes to raise the Malagasy cultural values.

Vanity is ruining our society. But to wear humility and to admit intellectual limits is to rejoice people’s heart, without compromising our identity as Malagasy people. Herizo Razafimbelo wishes to shine out and bear what he is ‘on his back’.

Thus, is it proper to ask if he is precious?