27 April 2007

invited guest: Angèle Etoundi Essamba (part two)

(This exclusive presentation of works by Angèle Etoundi Essamba is
published on the F Blog in two parts - see part one.)

The works of the years 2000, within I am still moving and experimenting.
Started with the series “Noirs”, I have taken a new direction in terms of
both style and content.In blown-up,sober photographs of black people
against a black background, there is almost no white to be seen except
in the black self.( white of the eye, palm hand )
Symbols and accessories
have been left to one side.
Choosing for restriction and minimalism,
I tried to expose the relationship between the subjects’s interior and
exterior, to represent black identity from the inside out.

Communication in the broadest sense: “Beyond words”.Gestures have a
dominant place in my work. My images show a dialogue between humans,
shape and content, body and soul, Africa and the world: deep black and
white graphic compositions that offer a timeless visualisation of universal
symbols and wisdom.

Pictures from top:
Au-dela` des mots

The exhibition "Pride and Strength" opens on May 12, 2007 in Kulturhuset
pictures and text ©Angèle Etoundi Essamba