Adjani Okpu-Egbe
Born 1979 in Kumba, Southern Cameroon
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
Using a crude and expressive painterly language that incorporates autobiographical content, Adjani Okpu-Egbe unfolds a wide range of complex themes relating to archaeology, feminism, patriarchy, African history, pan-Africanism, Afrocentricity, the African diaspora, and political activism. These are reflective of and transcending the Southern Cameroons Ambazonian movement to highlight specificities within the realm of the global social justice movement, sometimes injected with humour to give way to an interest as a keen observer of people and a social commentator.  The mathematical formulae that were recurrent in many of his earlier paintings are automatic scribbles that have become his distinguishing mark. The repetitive maths exercises he was forced to do as a child distinguished his relationship with his father who wanted him to abandon his dream of pursuing a career as a professional footballer to instead become an economist or a businessman. This led to an imposing authority that suddenly disappeared following the ‘passing’ of the former, and Okpu-Egbe’s impulse and emotional intelligence allowed his practice to evolve naturally.
Adjani Okpu-Egbe, Fortitude (Women, the Soul of the Movement), 2020, Multimedia installation, 195x 221 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Eduardo Secci.

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