Portrait of Em'Kal Eyongakpa for Goethe-Institut South Africa
Camera / sound / photography by Studio Plancius Amsterdam
Em’kal Eyongakpa (Cameroon), Georgina Maxim (Zimbabwe) and Makouovia Kokou Ferdinand (Togo) have been shortlisted for the first Henrike Grohs Art Award, conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family. The winner will be announced on 6 March and awarded on 13 March in Abidjan. Em’kal Eyongakpa is an intermedia artist who approaches the experienced, the unknown, as well as collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and transformation.
His recent ideas draw from indigenous knowledge systems and aesthetics, ethnobotany, applied mycology as well as technology. Georgina Maxim’s work combines weaving, stitch work and the utilisation of found textiles creating objects that evade definition. The dresses are deconstructed, and at times reconstructed to find new ways of giving tribute to and reflection upon the person that owned the original garment. In Makouvia Kokou Ferdinand’s sculptural and performance work, he plays with borders and mixes memories, materials and cultural references. Building on traditional Mina culture, his gaze on contemporary society is unique, sometimes ironic and often moving.
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