Year 11 Art Field Trip
Marc-Alain Adjahi and Nnedi Hirnet, Year 11
Charly Djikou is a Beninese artist (sculptor) born in 1973, who lives and works on his sculptures in Abomey-Calavi. His sculptures are made of stone, such as granite and marble. Djikou has a primary school education, but did not go further in school, and spent the rest of his childhood on the streets. This is where he found the inspiration for his art, he says. “Art is liberating, and has no boundaries,” Djikou states, and all of his sculptures convey an important message.
The sculptures on display at the Institut Français are made of the following four rocks: granite from Dan, granite from Dassa, granite from Savalou and marble from Lanta. All these rocks are from within Benin, as Djikou finds great importance in preserving his culture. He says, “Many artists use wood for their sculptures. However, the majority of Benin lies on rocks; why not use them instead.”
Djikou’s sculptures are named in three different languages. Some were given titles in Fon, some in Yoruba and a few in French. One, for example, was given the title Hêgbazamê. It portrayed a bird in nature, with a closed beak, secured by a piece of string. The message this sculpture is supposed to transmit is that even though the bird is free and gets to marvel and learn about nature around it, it is restricted to the words ‘tweet, tweet,’ which tells its viewers to remember simplicity, and to keep our mouths from running off, and rather to mind ourselves.
The field trip was very rewarding for every single student, and pushed them all to reflect on themselves, their ethnicity and their inner and outer peace.
On Saturday, 21st November, several children represented E.I.S. splendidly at the Batizado held at the Capoeira Centre in Haie Vive. Certain children were inspired to write about their experience in the practice of this Afro-Brazilian martial art/dance.
World Food Day was marked in school with good thought, reflection and plans for action.
The 2019 - 2020 E.I.S. Yearbook is ready to download.
We began in late March, stepping from 'stone to stone across the morass.' Thank you, teachers, parents and students for walking hand in hand to reach the other side.
EIS answers 'a call for solidarity' and presents a donation to the school, ECOLOJAH / École Endogénie Jardin de la Fraternité, which has been in the process of rebuilding after having been destroyed by an accidental fire in April 2019.