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VIMEO: Filmed & produced by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ©Jason Florio/Florio Studio. Click here to view

 

Update: April 26th, 2017: Amigoe needs a little help, to enable him to exhibit his work in Belgium  

A short video portrait shot in The Gambia, of Togolese painter Amigoe Dieudonné, who has traveled for over thirteen years around West Africa in his wheelchair, stopping along the way to create extensive bodies of work, which he exhibits and sells to be able to continue his odyssey.

We met Amigo, last year, whilst living in The Gambia, West Africa, at the opening night of our Photos Tell Stories – ‘The Gambia by Gambians‘ – exhibition. He asked us if we would film a short bio, to enable him to approach potential clients and galleries.

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Amigoe at work in his house in The Gambia, with Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio

A few months ago, true to his independent and ever-inquisitive nature of the past thirteen years, Amigoe decided to make the arduous overland journey to Bamako, Mali, to see if he could expand his artistic career. He recently contacted us to give us some great news – thanks to the Senegalese Chamber of Commerce he, and a select number of other artists, have been given the opportunity to travel to Germany to exhibit their work. Amigoe is currently back in his homeland of Togo, waiting for his new passport.

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Florio, Amigoe, and fellow artists, at his former home in Cape Point, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
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We wish him all success in his continuing odyssey. Watch this space, as we’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress.

Bon voyage, Amigoe – the artist, painter!

UPDATE: January 2016 – Please check out the Go Fund Me campaign, set up independently by Ashley Chiles of TX, to help raise money for Amigoe so that he may achieve some of his goals. 

Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio

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