Em'kal Eyongakpa
Born (CM), 1981
Nationality CM

emkalogy@gmail.com
 
RijksakademieOPEN
Beeld 1 / 3   'Untitled (letters from etokobarek [europe])', 2014, photography/performance/installation, dimensions variable
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Drawing on dreams, visions and observations, Em’kal Eyongakpa approaches the experienced and the unknown through an almost ritual use of repetition and transformation. The quest for negotiation between/coexistence of the subjective and objective realm is increasingly central to Eyongakpa’s artistic practice.
 
In 2013, following a physical condition undiagnosed by modern medicine but later successfully treated by a blind, spiritual healer, Eyongakpa took more interest in finding links between art, shamanism and technology. This event rekindled his aspiration to study ethnobotany (he already holds an MSc in botany) and his interest in the legacy of his grandfathers who were both shamans.
 
In his installation Untitled (?? full moons later/letters from etokobarek [europe]) the artist intuitively intertwines or brings together basic analog mechanics, sculpture, video, sound, scribblings, text and photography in a fashion that not only obscures the boundaries between the employed media, but could also distort the notion of the real and illusion. Eyongakpa imagines a future in which these subjective and objective worlds could coexist and collaborate more fully.
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education
'Maitrise' in Botany & Ecology, The University of Yaoundé 1, Yaoundé , CM, 2005
B.Sc in Plant Biology, The University of Yaoundé 1, Yaoundé , CM, 2004

Residencies
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 2013-2014
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, guest residency, 2012
Bag factory visiting artist residency program, Johannesburg, ZA, 2011
Greatmore visiting artist residency program, Cape Town, ZA, 2011

Award
2012
Dak’art 2012, Dakar, SN, “la ville de Dakar prize”, awarded by the mayor of Dakar

Recent solo exhibitions
2012
[dis]placement, IFC Yaoundé, CM
2011
Objectifs, Doual’art, Douala, CM
2010
GOETHE INSTITUT, Yaoundé, “SUN is the MOON” performance, Yaoundé, CM
2009
CCF Yaoundé, “SUN is the MOON”, Yaoundé, CM

Recent group exhibtions
2013
18th International Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, BR
RijksakademieOPEN, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
Passer la frontiere de doutes, Stuttgart, DE
Volcano extravaganza 2013 (evil under the sun), Stromboli, IT
Crane Lab - residence croisee, Chateau de Chevigny, Bourgogne, FR
KHaL!toP!A-tales from the shrine, Oberwelt, Stuttgart, DE
Toutou rien!, Lavoir modern Parisien, Paris, FR
Art Dubai, Dubai, AE
2012
Lagos live art festival, kongi’s harvest gallery, Lagos, NG
Liquefied, Goethe-Institut, Yaoundé, CM
Parallel worlds, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, DE
Visual Tendencies, Saavy Contemporary, Berlin, DE
We Face Forward, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, GB
Dak’art 2012, 10th edition, Dakar, SN
SYNCHRONICITY II, Tiwani Contemporary, London, GB
Pont Culturel, Faust, Edea, CM
City songs, Doual’art, Douala, CM, [touring]
2011
9th Bamako Encounter, International exhibition, Bamako, ML
Synchronicity I, Gallerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, FR
Mo(ve)ments, Bag Factory studios, Johannesburg, ZA
Re:place, Greatmore studios, Cape  Town, ZA
2010
vert d’eau with Maksaens Denis, Off SUD 2010, Douala, CM
Douala vu par with Andrew Tsabangu… off SUD 2010-Douala, CM
16th International symposium on Electronic art (ISEA2010RUHR), DE
RAVY 2010, Yaoundé, CM
2009
GAIA, Art contemporain  africaine, Atelier Richelieu, Paris, FR   
Panafrican festival of Algiers, La modernité dans l’art Africain, Algiers, DZ