Leonce Raphael AgbodjÃ©lou was born in Porto-Novo, Benin.
AgbodjÃ©lou is best known for his photographs of the people of Porto-Novo, as in his ongoing series, ‘Citizens of Porto-Novo’, which attempts to document and capture a generation in the transition between tradition and progress.
In Egungun, the artist documents costumes that represent incarnations of the Yoruba tribeâ€™s ancestral forebears, traditionally worn at processions and funerals. Trained by his father, a skilled and internationally renowned photographer, AgbodjÃ©louâ€™s choice of medium in combination with this form of traditional pageantry highlights the tension he attempts to capture in his work.
Select solo exhibitions include From Dahomey to BeninÂ at Jack Bell Gallery, (London: 2010); Citizens of Porto-NovoÂ at Jack Bell Gallery (London: 2013); Egungun MasqueradeÂ at Smac Gallery (Cape Town: 2015). Select group shows include the FNB Joburg Art Fair (South Africa: 2015) and Trek: Following JourneysÂ at Smac Gallery (Cape Town: 2015).