Sekoaila's masterful fusion of cultural symbolism, child-like aesthetics, and the evocative power of memory and dreams creates a visual narrative that speaks to the universal human experience. "Mohopolo le toro I (A Memory and a Dream)" invites us to explore the essence of our existence, reconnect with our roots, and unlock the transformative potential of our own memories and dreams. We invite you to immerse yourself in Sekoaila's enchanting world and embark on a deeply personal and introspective journey through this captivating series.
At the heart of this series lies the significance of the goat symbol in African culture. The goat has a rich and multifaceted meaning across various African traditions, representing qualities such as fertility, abundance, sacrifice, and spiritual power. Its presence in Sekoaila's work signifies a deep connection to the artist's cultural roots, evoking a sense of ancestral heritage and the cyclical nature of life. Moreover, the goat serves as a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms, embodying the divine and acting as a guide in the exploration of memory and dreams.
Sekoaila's deliberate choice to depict these scenes in a child-like manner carries profound implications. By employing a faux naïf (simple or naïve) approach, he taps into the universal language of innocence, simplicity, and imagination that transcends cultural boundaries. The vivid colours and whimsical compositions evoke a sense of nostalgia, reminding us of the unbridled joy and curiosity we experienced in childhood. Through this lens, Sekoaila invites viewers to approach his works with a child-like openness, encouraging us to delve into our own memories and dreams, free from the constraints of adult rationality.
Candice Berman, 2023