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Em’kal Eyongakpa                                                                                                                              

(b 1981, Eshobi-Mamfe, Manyu)                                                                                                       Lives and works at Bɔ Bɛtɔk*/       

Eyongakpa’s ideas increasingly draw from indigenous knowledge systems, ethnobotany, applied mycology and technology. He is also known for itinerant research spaces and autonomous art hubs; KHaL! SHRINE (Yaounde, (2007-2013), Bɔ Bɛtɔk/ ɛfúkúyú, ( 2017-). Eyongakpa holds degrees in Plant biology and Ecology from the University of Yaounde 1 and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The artist’s work has been shared/experienced at several gatherings and venues around the world.


Selected Exhibitions/ events:

-manye-mbi #1-i / barɨŋ báchɔ́kɔrɔk #3+3, VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven (March 07th, 2020)

– kerakaraka 3-i, inter-sessions at CCA Lagos, Lagos (Jan 30th – 31st, 2020)

– mɔ́ ntai tabindɔ #4/ barɨŋ bachɔ́kɔrɔk #3 at Positions #5: Telling Untold Stories, Van Abbemuseum,

Eindhoven (30 Nov. 2019 – 08 March 2020) (Solo presentation)

– Diaspora at Home, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (4 Nov 2019 – 31 Jan 2020)

– Tahjese #3i / barɨŋ bachɔ́kɔrɔk #4, The Showroom, London (1st Oct – 7th Dec. 2019) (solo)

– History is His Story, Nest, The Hague (Feb 15th – April 15th 2019)

– Recent Histories, contemporary African Photography and video art from the Walther Collection, Huis

Marseille, Amsterdam (Dec. 8th 2018 – March. 3rd, 2019)

-Arhgbrou 4.3, Mbi-Eshobi inter-sessions, Jazzhole, Lagos (Nov. 4th)

-Arhgbrou 4.3, Mbi-Eshobi sessions , De Appel, Amsterdam (July 18th )

-2 Unlimited, De Appel, Amsterdam (May 30th-August 18 2018)

-other Futures, Melkweg, Amsterdam, February 2018.

-Arhgbrou 4:3, Mbi-Eshobi surround sessions (quarterly) (November 2017- Present)

-Jakarta Biennale 2017, JIWA (November 4th-December 10 2017) [commission]

-Tidalectics, TBA21 Contemporary, Vienna, (June 6th-November 12, 2017) [commission]

-Recent Histories, contemporary African Photography and video art, Walther Collection Ulm, (May –

November 2017)

-13th Sharjah biennial, Tamawuj (March 10-June 12 2017) [Reproduction]

-la biennale de Montreal, Le grand Balcon (October 19th 2016- January 15th 2017)

-32nd Bienal de Sao Paulo , Incerteza viva (Sep 10th – Dec 11th, 2016) [commission]


the Exorcisement of Witchery, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (June 4 – August 7, 2016)

-encounters in a lunar cycle, [non humans take mating(s)/ meeting(s) seriously],

Sound performance/ installation with Astrid S. Klein, le cyclop de Jean Tinguely, (21/05/2016) [commission]

-Bɔ́ Bɛtɔk, interventions, Mamfe (03-04/2016)

-beats/bits of(f) sPACE(s), Apalazzo gallery Brescia (March 18th -May 10th 2016) [commission]

-10th Bamako encounters, Bamako (2015)

-negotiations (chapter 1-i, dualaland-pariis), Kadist art foundation, Paris (May – July 2015)

-??fullmoons later/wata kulture intermedia performance, Africa acts, Paris (2015)

-we all have a sense of rhythm, curators series# 8- David Roberts art Foundation, London (2015)

-Rijksakademie Open Studios, RABK, Amsterdam (2013/2014)

-uber die grenze der zweifel, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2014)

-Giving contours to shadows, Saavy contemporary and NBK, Berlin (2014)

-18th International Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (2013)

-Volcano extravaganza (evil under the sun), Stromboli, Italy (2013),

-We Face Forward, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2012),

-10th Dak’art biennale ,Dakar (2012 ),

-[dis]placement, IFC yaounde, Cameroon ( 2012) (solo)

– Bamako encounters, African photography biennale, Bamako( 2011).

– (in)security-Greatmore, CapeTown, South Africa (2011) (solo)

– Objectifs (with Patrick Wokmeni), Doual’art, Douala(2011 )

– “sun is the moon” revisited , Goethe-institut, Yaounde , (2010) (solo)

– “Sun is the moon”, IFC Yaounde (2009) (solo)

– Panafrican festival of Algiers, La modernite dans l’art Africain, Algiers (2009)


talks/ interventions                                                                                                                              -Pan African Space station at OBA Library, Amsterdam (emmergency set #8)                          -PAN!C Conference,7-8 September 2015, Johannesburg                                                              -Disparaitre dans la nature, July 2015, Heidelberger Kunstverein, in conversation with Astrid S. Klein, Sylvie Arnaud, François Taillade, Soro Solo,                                                        -Crossing boundaries of doubt, Querungen/WKV Stuttgart 2015, -fullmoon walk, sideroom, Amsterdam, Nov 2014                                                                                                         -KHaL!topiA- Geschichten aus dem Shrine, Oberwelt, Stuttgart, July 2013
Selected Bibliography
-BE-side(s) work, November 2014, Em’kal Eyongakpa
-Tacet no 04: sounds of utopia. January 2016
-Recent Histories, African Contemporary Photography and video art/ The Walther
Collection. May 2017

-2016-Association le Cyclop de Jean Tinguely, Milly la Foret.
-2015-Kadist Art Foundation
-2013-2014 Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands .
-2012- Guest residency, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten guest recidency,
Amsterdam, Netherlands (June 1st- August 31st 2012)
-2011- Bag factory visiting artist residency program, Johannesburg , South Africa
(August- September 2011)
-2011- Greatmore visiting artist residency program, Cape Town, South Africa
(3rd May- 3rd August 2011)

-Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten (State academy for visual arts), Amsterdam,
Netherlands, 2013-2014
-M.Sc in Botany & Ecology, The University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde , Cameroon, 2000-



4 responses to “basic info”

  1. me says :

    du inspiriert uns immer wieder

  2. Danielle Essolo says :

    I love your work. Please may I have your email?

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