Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Coulisses de la feminité 3, 2019, from the Renaissance Series. Courtesy of the artist
Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Renaissance florale, 2019, from the Renaissance Series. Courtesy of the artist
Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Déploiement, 2019, from the Renaissance Series. Courtesy of the artist
Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Déploiement 5, 2019, from the Renaissance Series. Courtesy of the artist
Angèle Etoundi Essamba is an artist concerned with representations of the African women’s identities. Her pursuit is in equal parts aesthetic, idealistic, realistic, and societal. She joins the spirit of humanist photography with a strong attachment to the values of communion. With colourful, tangled, and intertwined threads, she speaks of filial, matrimonial, and transmission relationships. Beauty, symbolism, and realistic utopia are illustrated by sculptural headdresses and a control of colours. For nearly thirty years, she has observed the world through the women she photographs. Her images are marked by an absolute desire to know and understand. Since her first exhibition in 1985 at the Maison Descartes in Amsterdam, her work has been frequently exhibited in museums, institutions, biennales, fairs, and galleries around the world.
Founded in 2010, Galerie Carole Kvasnevski organises exhibitions in its physical space in Paris and also participates in international art fairs and projects. The gallery promotes the work by artists from the African continent and its diasporas. The gallery represents emerging artists such as Justin Ebanda, Lindokuhle Khumalo, among others and established artists including Angèle Etoundi Essamba and Zanele Muholi. The curatorial line of the gallery promotes mainly creations that raise environmental and societal questions. The gallery collaborates with many institutions in France such as The National School of Arts of Paris-Cergy, The National School of Arts of Clermont-Ferrand Métropole, The Institut Français, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, Bargoin Museum and Contemporary Arts Center of Meymac. Galerie Carole Kvasnevski is member of the committee of professional art galleries CPGA (Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art) in France.
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to New York from Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21, 2023 (Thursday, VIP & Press preview). The 2023 iteration will be held in a grand modern venue located in Manhattanville Factory District in West Harlem (439 W. 127th St). This year’s New York edition features a total of 26 galleries hailing from across Africa, Europe and the U.S.—from Nevlunghavn to Cape Town and Los Angeles to Lagos, presenting the work of over 80 artists from Africa and its diaspora. Visitors will also be able to explore, connect with, and collect from all the galleries and artists online from 18 – 31 May at Artsy (artsy.net/1-54)