ABLO

2010

ABLO is part of a project curated by Francesco Bonami and organized by the Turin based arts foundation Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.
Ten young Italian artists have been invited to create videos on one subject. Each of us have filmed a three-minute video whose main character is Abdullay Kadal Traore. Ablo, as he likes to be called, is a griot musician from Burkina Faso who has been living in Milan for seven years.
The ten videos are presented and screened together, one after another, constituting a single work and creating a kind of visual and cultural kaleidoscope whereby the same person is viewed and portrayed by different personalities with different points of view.

The video is part of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo collection and it has been donated to the Milan Council.

Konò is the song Ablo chose on a rainy day in Milan. Konò means We, and people sing it while harvesting, to encourage other people from the same community to help each other. I chose to talk about Ablo through his music, putting him and his singing on the foreground, in a context where he would never be seen - far away from the public who worships him. Even far away from his people.

Ablo

Ablo

ABLO 2010
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