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IMMA and EVA International (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art) are delighted to announce a new commission by artist Em’kal Eyongakpa for Encounters 2020 – 2021. This commission sees two of Ireland’s most significant contemporary arts organisations working together with Em’kal Eyongakpa on a major artistic production between the sites of Limerick and Dublin. The commission is being developed and presented collaboratively, coinciding with the 39th EVA International taking place September 2020 – December 2021.

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 continues this support for Merve Elveren in 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.


About the Artist

Em’kal Eyongakpa b.1981

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.
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