- Isolatorweg 17
Em’kal Eyongakpa was born in 1981, in Eshobi in the Manyu division of Cameroun. His recent ideas increasingly draw on indigenous knowledge systems, ethnobotany, applied mycology, and technology. He is also known for his involvement in self-organized community research spaces, such as KHaL! SHRINE (Yaoundé, 2007-2013) and Bɔɔ Bɛtɔk/ɛfúkúyú (Amsterdam, 2017-present).
Eyongakpa holds degrees in plant biology and ecology from the University of Yaoundé 1, and was a resident of the Rijksakademie in 2013-2014. His work has been shared and experienced at several gatherings and venues around the world, including the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2020), the Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos (2020), Showroom, London (2019), TBA21 Contemporary, Vienna (2017), the Jakarta Biennial (2017), the 13th Sharjah Biennial (2017), the Montreal Biennial (2016), the 32nd Biennial of São Paulo (2016), Bamako Encounters (2011 and 2015) and the 10th Dak’Art biennial (2012). Eyongakpa is currently developing a large commissioned project for the next EVA International Biennial in Dublin.
For Amsterdam Art Week, he will be showing Untitled t-XII: a fragment of a larger immersive sound sculpture, Untitled Mba ŋ(2020-present). This embodies his continuing research into portals, crossings, ancient community preservation practices, and water, in relation to movements from the Gulf of Guinea and beyond. It places a strong focus on utopias and dystopias in lands and cultures, especially those historically linked to water. Untitled t-XII uses a cluster of custom wooden platforms in an attempt to transcribe pure audio signals recorded along selected routes around the neighbourhood of iso amsterdam.
This installation is specially conceived to intertwine and interact with the venue’s communal space.
The exhibition is curated by Florence Parot, associate curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou from 2003 to 2017, where she was in charge of the video collection and initiated numerous exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances.
In 2018, Parot founded the project space iso Amsterdam with Dajo Bodisco, bringing together a wide variety of disciplines in a mainly open communal warehouse. As well as offering a stimulating production environment with thirty individual and shared studios, a residency and a large workshop, iso runs a public program of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and other events, providing a stage for internal, external, local, and international artists, She is also the co-director, with Jerszy Seymour, of the Dirty Art Department, a master’s program in art and design at Amsterdam’s Sandberg Instituut.
Em’kal Eyongakpa (CM, 1981)