De Medeiros, Emo
Born 1979 in Cotonou, Benin
Lives and works in Paris, France and Cotonou, Benin
Emo de Medeiros’ work hinges on a single concept he calls ‘contexture’, a fusion of the digital and the material, of the tangible and the intangible, exploring hybridizations, interconnections and circulations of forms, technologies, traditions, myths, and merchandise. The focus of his research encompasses transcultural spaces and the questioning, through nonlinear narratives, of traditional notions of origin, locus, or identity and their mutations. De Medeiros studied at the École normale supérieure (Paris/Ulm), the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and the Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt). His work has been shown in international institutions including Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo and this year, Musee du Quai Branly, France; MARKK Hamburg, Germany; Videobrasil Biennial São Paulo, Brazil; Lagos Photo, Nigeria and in the biennales of Marrakech, Dakar, Casablanca and Gwangju, 2021
Emo de Medeiros, Cymbalics 0I0I (Unity), 2020, Steel, electronic soldering tin, magnets, 70 x 32 x 23 cm. Courtesy of 50 Golborne.