Nkot, Jean David
Born 1989 in Douala, Cameroon
Lives and works in Douala, Cameroon
Jean David Nkot addresses themes surrounding trans-African migration. His works combine detailed portraits with layers of complex cartographic information. As stated by Floréal Duran, ‘Jean-David Nkot draws up a sensual, realistic and wandering mapping of all these human beings led to the unknown by the dramatic situations in their native lands. He draws on the memory of uprooted people to build a powerful work, filled with emotion and not without poetry for paying tribute to them and testifying. By putting a face on all these exiled persons, he restores their dignity and reminds us that the world history has been made of exiles, of migrations, of tragedies, of sufferings but also of hope. In doing so his painting carries within itself some questionings about our societies, about their abilities to resolve conflicts, to face environmental and economic challenges. This artistic commitment gives rise to striking paintings that place humanity at the heart of his aesthetic choices.’ Nkot has recently been included in an exhibition curated by Simon Njami at the National Museum of Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Jean David Nkot, Fronteur/Du, 2021, Acrylic and Posca on canvas, 213 x 314 cm. Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery.|Jean David Nkot, www.touched the real of the, 2020, 200 x 170cm, Acrylic and posca on canvas, Courtesy of Afikaris

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