Emo de Medeiros a Beninese-French artist lives and works in Cotonou (Benin) and in Paris. He studied at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris/Ulm), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris), and at the Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt).
His work has been shown internationally, in France (Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo), in Germany (MARKK Hamburg), Brazil (Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival São Paulo), Nigeria (LagosPhoto), United Kingdom, Japan, China, in the biennales of Marrakech, Dakar and Casablanca.
His practice hinges on a single concept he calls contexture, a fusion of the digital and the material, of the tangible and the intangible, exploring hybridizations, interconnections and circulations of forms, technologies, traditions, myths and merchandises.
He investigates the new perspectives and conversations happening in a novel space: the current context of the post-colonial, globalized and digitalized world of the early 21st century.
The focus of his research encompasses transcultural spaces and the questioning of traditional notions of origin, locus or identity and their mutations through non-linear narratives.
Emo de Medeiros' artworks always include a salient conceptual dimension, and are characterized by a participatory and rhythmic approach fusing traditional, technological and semiological elements in transmedia forms.
Within his practice, Emo de Medeiros employs an array of media including drawing, sculpture, text, video, photography, assemblage, performance, electronic music, installations, painting and appliqué fabric.
Cosmopolis #2.0: Rethinking the Human. Curator : Kathryn Weir. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, Imagined Communities. Artistic Director: Solange Farkas.
Curator: Gabriel Bogossian. Sao Paulo, Brazil
São Tomé Biennale VIII. Curator: Renny Ramakers. São Tomé and Principe
TIIT, performance. Goethe Institut, Salvador de Bahia, Brasil
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 performance 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