Januario Jano - Specters

Januario Jano - Specters

30 April - 31 December 2021

Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to present a focus dedicated to Januario Jano. Born in 1979, in Luanda, Angola, Januario Jano is a interdisciplinary artist, living and working between Luanda, London and Lisbon. Luanda is the mother country and is functional to get what he needs to develop the narratives and to explore the physical, emotional and rational connection to it; London and Lisbon give him the speed to get things done and feeds him with different ideas and inspirations.
His multidisciplinary research comprises painting, textile, performance, sound installation, video and photography, allowing him to develop relevant bodies of works and work rituals. 
Januario Jano explores the opposing notions of modern pop culture and traditional practices through performance, photography, video, textile and installations. The chosen media are part of a more articulate vocabulary used by the artist to create his grammar: material defines since the beginning the outcome of the work either on an aesthetical point either on the narrative. The body plays a pivotal role as the main motif and leads the way to link between the present and past to build up the historical narrative.
I am an interdisciplinary artist who deals with sculpture, video, photography, textile and sound installations, performance.
Research has been a core element of the practice and that result on the physical outcomes, also, exploring the potentials of the hybrid spaces by employing techniques and methods fundamentally for the outcome of the project. It’s essential to the source material, used and new them can be mixed to create new forms. Textile, fabric and other material have a significant presence into my art-making practice. I used photography as the base medium to create installations and performance.
Earlier on my research, I was interested in exploring the relationship between humans, objects, and other living things in relation to time and space. The question of time and space has galvanized me to investigate the themes of the present in relation to the future.
Source for material and deciding on the outcome of the artwork could sometimes be a touching task, but I have developed throughout the years a method of approach material in relation to the work in progress, it seems sometimes that the choice material affects and could influence gradually on the construction of the narrative, I have learned to accept that, therefore, I tend not to start any work with a fixed narrative rather with an idea that has enough room to be added on further.
I ought to accept the outcomes, even if the piece looks unfinished, that way, enough space for external contamination is left for activation.
- Januario Jano
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