Em’kal Eyongakpa is First Recipient of Henrike Grohs Art Award

Em’kal Eyongakpa is First Recipient of Henrike Grohs Art Award

Cameroonian artist Em’kal Eyongakpa, is the first recipient of the Henrike Grohs Art Award, conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family.

An intermedia artist, Eyongakpa approaches the experienced, the unknown, as well as collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and transformation. His recent ideas increasingly draw from indigenous knowledge systems and aesthetics, ethnobotany, applied mycology as well as technology in his explorations of the personal and the universal. Eyongakpa is also known for self-organised community research projects and autonomous art hubs like KHaL!SHRINE in Yaoundé (2007–2012) and the recently launched sound art and music platform ɛfúkúyú.

Em’kal Eyongakpa holds degrees in plant biology and ecology from the University of Yaoundé and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His work has recently been exhibited at the Jakarta Biennale (2017), the 13th Sharjah Biennial (2017), La Biennale de Montreal (2016), the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), the 9th and 10th Bamako Encounters (2011, 2015), the 10th Biennale de l’art africain contemporain, Dak’art (2012) and at several international art spaces and museums around the world.

The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a biennial prize dedicated to artists who are living and working in Africa and practicing in the field of visual arts. It recognises the lifetime achievements of the former head of the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs, who was killed on March 13, 2016 in a terrorist attack in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire. Eyongakpa will be awarded €20,000 on the same date in Abidjan.

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