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..
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
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
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
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
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 Paris, Dominique Fiat Gallery
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
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