Bio

Emo de Medeiros lives and works in Cotonou, Benin, and in Paris, France. He studied at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris/Ulm), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux- Arts (Paris), and at the Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt).

Emo de Medeiros' work is based on a single concept, which he calls contexture, which emphasizes transculturalness, interconnection, transformation, hybridization and the circulation of forms, myths and merchandises in a post- colonial, globalized and digitalized world, employing notions of origin, place and identity to question their context within our increasingly globalized culture.

His artworks always include a salient conceptual dimension, and are characterized by a participatory, serial and rhythmic approach, by a mix of traditional and technological materials and media, as well as the link between art, spirituality and transcendence. As an artist interested in transformation processes and non-linear narratives, Emo de Medeiros explores the shapes, patterns and edges of contemporary African creation, as well as how it is perceived both from inside and outside the continent. Emo de Medeiros works with a wide array of mediums, including sculpture, video, photography, performance, electronic music, drawing, interactive devices, performative installations, painting or connected objects..

Exhibitions

2018

  • Dak'art Biennale, The Red Hour. Artistic Director: Simon Njami. Former Palais de Justice, Dakar, Senegal

  • Southern Panoramas, awarded works from the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil. Artistic director: Solange Farkas. 

  • Sesc Araraquara and Sesc Santos, Brazil.

  • Do Disturb Festival, #MMF. Curator: Vittoria Matarrese. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

  • Second Life, group show. Curator : Othman Lazraq. Museum of African Contemporary Art AL Maaden - Macaal, Marrakech, Morocco.

  • Flow of Forms/Forms of Flow, group show. Curators: Kerstin Pintherand Alexandra  Weigand, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany. 

  • Africa Aperta, Part II, Dominique Fiat Gallery, Paris, France

2017

  • Mix[cités], group show. Curator : Armelle Dakuo. GVCC Gallery, Casablanca, Morocco

  • Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival. Artistic Director: Solange Farkas. Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Digital Africa, group show. Curator: Christine Eyene. OGU MAG gallery, Tokyo, Japan

  • Die Schönheit im Anderen, group show. Curator: Mark Gisbourne. Lieberose Castle, Germany

  • The Black Sphinx, group show. Primo Marella gallery, Milan, Italy

  • Flow of Forms/Forms of Flow, group show. Curators: Kerstin Pintherand Alexandra Weigand. Galerie Karen Wimmer, Munich, Germany

  • Afriques Capitales, group show. Curator: Simon Njami. La Villette, Paris, France

  • Vers le Cap de Bonne-Espérance, group show. Curator: Simon Njami, Gare Saint-Sauveur, Lille, France

  • Le Havre - Dakar, partager la mémoire, group show. Curator: Cédric Crémière. Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Le Havre, France

2016

  • Transpositions, solo show 50 Golborne gallery, London, UK

  • Transmutations, solo show. Curator: Manuela de Barros. Backslash Gallery, Paris, France

  • Dak'art Biennale, The City in the Blue Daylight. Artistic Director: Simon Njami. Curator: Valentina Gioia Levy. IFAN Museum of African Arts, Dakar, Senegal

  • Marrakech Biennale, Not New Now. Artistic Director: Reem Fada. L'Blassa, Marrakech, Morocco

  • The Way It Is, Invited Artist solo show. Art Africa Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Global Talks, Bienalsur (Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de América del Sur), Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015

  • All things magic, solo show, Galerie RSF, Paris, France

  • Pavillon du Bénin, installation, Venice Biennale Off. Venice, Italy

  • Vodunaut, solo show. Curator: Didier Houenoude. Centre Arts etCultures, Cotonou, Benin.

  • Zemidjan, Invited Artist solo show. Ddessin Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris, France

  • Variations, group show. Galerie Joseph, Paris, France

2013-2014

  • Kaleta/Kaleta, performative installation. Curator: Vittoria Matarrese. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

  • Black Light Sanctuary, installation. Artistic Director: Stéphane Corréard. 58ème Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France.

Art Fairs

2018

  • Art Paris, Dominique Fiat Gallery

2017

  • AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France, Dominique Fiat gallery

  • Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa, Primo Marella gallery

  • Artissima, Turin, Italy, Primo Marella gallery

  • Miart, Milan, Italy, Primo Marella gallery

  • Art Paris, France, 50 Golborne gallery

  • Artefiera, Bologna, Italy, Primo Marella gallery

  •  1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, USA, 50 Golborne Gallery

2016

  • Art Africa Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa, solo show

  •  Art Paris, 50 Golborne gallery

  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London, 50 Golborne gallery