The Cameroonian artist focuses on the extraction of raw materials and its impact on human life. His latest work will be exhibited at the Afikaris Gallery on July 7.
This is the first time for Afikaris Gallery: a plastic artist holds an exhibition in the new 130 m space2 It opened in the center of Paris in January, just a stone’s throw away from the Pompidou Centre. “The first solo exhibition is dedicated to Jean-David Nkot, which is logical and very important to me. “Human@condition” », Said Florian Azzopardi, the founder and director of the venue.
“I discovered him in 2018, and I was immediately impressed by the power of his paintings, especially his large-format series. “Tortured face“. Then I stayed in his studio for a week, where I was able to better understand this person and his work, which made our cooperation and our friendship inseparable”, He added.
The artist was born in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon, in 1989. He lives and works there. He will not disclose his human condition in the gallery until July 7th. A set of canvases-and shovel-explore the relationship between body and territory, and play to transparency. This work focuses on the development of raw materials and their impact on human life, and is supported by drawings and figures.
“The data that decorates my paintings brings another level of reading. I call this structure that links data and keywords “map molecules.” A central word attracts different information », Said Jean-David Encott. In this exhibition, the artist is particularly interested in the mining situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), showing how certain African countries have become prisoners of their own wealth, to the chagrin of the local people.
The concept of flexibility occupies an important position. “For a long time, I have described the suffering of the people I represent. This time, I want to praise their courage and strength. Although the country does not manage mineral resources well, I treat those who stay in my country for better People who struggle for life are very interested.”, Emphasizing visual artist, graduated from Foumban (Western) Academy of Fine Arts in 2015, considered by Cameroonians “City of Art”.