Rakajoo

  • Rakajoo (stubborn in the Wolof language) (Born in 1986 in Seine Saint Denis, France - Lives and works in Choisy-le-Roi,...

    Rakajoo (stubborn in the Wolof language)

    (Born in 1986 in Seine Saint Denis, France - Lives and works in Choisy-le-Roi, France)

     

    Rakajoo is a French-Senegalese interdisciplinary artist, designer and boxer. Much like an unexpected hyphen in a sentence, his art brings together and connects disparate elements, weaving his personal experiences into a collective narrative. Following in the footsteps of writers like Johnny Pitts and Leonora Miano, Rakajoo’s art is deeply rooted in Afropean spirit (a term that merges ‘African’ and ‘European’) characterized by duality and pluralism: embodying both identities not in isolation but in a harmonious integration. 

     

    Rakajoo calls upon a variety of languages and mediums—from painting and comics to animation, using acrylic, ink, oil, and pixels. He skillfully intertwines subjects, memories, and allegories, layering them as washes, always infused with echoes of the neighborhoods he grew up in (Seine-Saint-Denis and the Goutte d'Or neighborhood in Paris), and Senegal.

     

    His work explores both visible and invisible connections that tie individuals to their immediate surroundings. Rakajoo delves into how imagination, consciousness, and reflexes form and fracture within specific places, particularly in territories undergoing transformation, shaped by evolving identities and gentrification processes. His paintings challenge the fluid contours of national identity, revealing its deep roots and the forces that shape it.

     

    Rakajoo has exhibited at the Théâtre du Châtelet for the Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère, Paris; at the Fondation Blachère, France;  at the Musée National de l'Histoire de l'Immigration, Paris; at Les Franciscaines de Deauville, Deauville; and at the Musée du Louvre-Lens, Lens. In 2023, he held a solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo.

     

    His work is in the collections of the Musée du Louvre-Lens, the Fondation de la Société Générale, the Palais de Tokyo, the Fondation Blachère, Agnès B, the Fondation Emerige; to only name a few. 

    Parallel to his art career, Rakajoo pursued Olympic boxing from 2004 to 2017. He returned to the French Boxing Championships podium in 2022, and was part of the French MMA team from 2015 to 2016.

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