IMMA and EVA are delighted to present Mámbáy bebhɛp 43r /mɛnyu nɛfaŋ/ bakay nɛkɔ by artist Em’kal Eyongakpa, an immersive sculptural and polyrhythmic audio installation featuring contributions from singers and storytellers in Ireland and the Gulf of Guinea, now showing as part of the 39th EVA International in Limerick.
The work draws on the artist’s interests in the relationship between oral culture and the natural environment; how sounds, speech, and spaces are transposed onto one another through time. This work is the first iteration of a two-part presentation. For information on booking a visit to the exhibition in Limerick please go to https://www.eva.ie/emkal-eyongakpa/
Commissioned through EVA International (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art) and IMMA’s Encounters partnership, supported by Mondriaan Fund. This commission sees two of Ireland’s most significant contemporary arts organisations working together with Em’kal Eyongakpa to present a new commission between the sites of Limerick and Dublin. The second part will take place at IMMA during Spring 2022.
Em’kal Eyongakpa (b. 1981, Mamfe, Cameroons) is an artist whose work draws from a range of sources including indigenous knowledge systems, ethnobotany, applied mycology and technology. He is also known for his involvement in self-organised community research spaces, such as KHaL!SHRINE in Yaoundée (2007-2012) and the research platform/ Boh- Bɛtok/ ɛfukuyu.
As organisations with international reach and distinct profile within a national context, the partnership between IMMA and EVA seeks to raise the horizon of opportunity for the commission and production of ambitious large-scale artworks in Ireland, with a focus on thinking beyond the ‘exhibitionary’ encounter of contemporary art.
To date, IMMA has hosted research residencies for EVA’s international curators Bassam El Baroni (2014), Koyo Kouoh (2016) and Inti Guerrero (2018) and Merve Elveren (2020). Affiliated programming from 2014 – 2018 has included projects and events with Nástio Mosquito, David Horvitz, Praneet Soi, The Rubber Bandits, Tracey Rose, Sam Keogh, John Rainey and the satellite exhibition THE 38TH EVA INTERNATIONAL AT IMMA featuring the work of Locky Morris, Roy Dib and Marlon T.Riggs.
Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA, previously curated EVA International 2012 – After the Future, while in her role as Chief Curator at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
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