Mbieven-Efforbi Em'kal Eyongakpa (b 1981) , Mamfe, Cameroons/
Lives and work at Itinerant*.
Em'kal Eyongakpa approaches the experienced, the
unknown, as well as collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and
transformation.His interwoven and immersive installations, which could be experienced as paradoxical systems, not only blurs the boundaries between employed media, but could also alter the notion of the real and the illusory. Em'kal Eyongakpa's recent ideas increasingly draw from indigenous knowledge
systems and aesthetics, ethnobotany, applied mycology and technology, in his
explorations of the personal and the universal. He is also known for self organised
community research platforms and autonomous art hubs, from KHaL!SHRINE in
Yaoundé (2007-2012), to the recent sound art and music platform ɛfúkúyú.
Eyongakpa holds degrees in Plant biology and Ecology from the University of
Yaoundé 1 and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
The artist's work has recently been exhibited at the Jakarta Biennale (2017), the
13th Sharjah biennial (2017), La Biennale de Montreal (2016), the 32nd Bienal de
São Paulo (2016), 9th and 10th Bamako Encounters(2011,2015), 10th Dak'art biennial
(2012) .And in institutions; TBA21, Vienna (2017) Walther Collection Ulm (2017); Le Cyclop, Milly-la-Forêt (2016); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2015); Africa Acts, Paris (2015), David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015), SAVVY Contemporary and NBK, Berlin (2014),18th International Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (2013) , IFC Yaounde (2012) and .....