Em’kal Eyongakpa
Born in 1981 in Cameroon. Lives and works in South West Cameroon and Amsterdam, Netherlands
Em’kal Eyongakpa draws upon past experiences, the unknown, ethnobotany, cosmologies, collective histories, and trans-generational memories through a ritualistic use of repetition and transformation. Central to his practice is the quest for negotiations, coexistence and relationships between subjective and objective realms. Negotiating current global socio-economic and political orders, Eyongakpa imagines a sustainable future founded on ancient alternative knowledge systems. In this, ‘objective’ and ‘subjective worlds’ coexist. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Eyongakpa straddles the mediums of photography, video, sculpture, sound, text, and performance. His interwoven installations act to obscure material boundaries whilst displacing notions of reality and illusion. Eyongakpa was a resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam in 2013–2014, and holds a M.Sc in Botany and Ecology from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon. His works have been shown internationally, including in All Of Us Have A Sense Of Rhythm at the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) in London, the UK in 2015.
Em'kal Eyongakpa, ??fullmoons later/ letters from etokobarek (europe), 2014, C-Type print, 42.5 x 32.5 cm / 16.73 x 12.8 in, Courtesy of the artist and APALAZZOGALLERY