April 5, 2018, Berlin.
Djuneid Dulloo exhibits his paintings at Corinna Charis Schwarzs’ gallery.
Djuneid Dulloo has, without a doubt brought some sun soaked colors from the Indian ocean all the way to cloudy Berlin . Mauritius sounds like the piercing blue sky reflected in the sea, giving its name to a popular stamp from the colonial era.
But he also paints in shrill reds, greens, a yellow reminiscent of the sun, and pink.. Born 1983 in Pamplemousses, and now teacher at the Cosmopolitan School in Berlin Mitte, Dulloo blends his fantastic colors with a subtle collage technique.
He layers his paint, so that the actual motif seems to disappear. Traditional symbolism signs and patterns of an ancient and to us exotic culture blend with everyday life of the Western society determined by consumerism. Those worlds seem to penetrate each other as they compete without leaving out the irritation and pain that come with such battle. Dulloo’s images shine, they are vivid, and raw. Lines curb, forms break and oppress one another. One recognizes the inspired observer, the hungry cosmopolitan from the far away island who soaked up western art like a sponge without having dismissed his cultural inheritance. Many of his paintings remind one of the afro American Jean Michel Basquiat, who left us too early. Dulloo’s work plays with lines, signs, language and rhythm. He also likes repetition, sampling, and scratching.
Translation: Julia Milz