PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Januario  Jano

Januario Jano

born in 1979 in Luanda (Angola)

Januario Jano’s practice reflects on the ideas of home and self, constantly challenging the norms through explorations of historic and contemporary narratives within the context of the growing interdependence of the world’s economies, cultures, and populations.

Enthralled with the hypothesis of a delicate balance between fiction and reality, galvanised to explore the relationship between humans and non-hu- mans in time and space. In this context, the role of the body is pivotal, and its multidimensional representation occurs within the framework of proverbi- al globalisation and cross-cultural interaction.

Januario Jano is multi-disciplinary artist who's work deals with cultural and personal identity to explore historical and contemporary narratives within the globalisation context. Januario has an BA (Hons) Design Studies, and a MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths University.
Januario Jano works mainly with Sculpture, Installations (video, photography, sound) and performance.
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. Living among Lisbon, London and Luanda - three totally different cities, representing at a glance the past, the present and the future - has a direct effect because each place puts selected seeds: 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.

EDUCATION /

2002 - 2005
BA (Hons) Design Studies, London Metropolitan University, London, England.

2018 - 2020
MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths University, London - England

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS /

2022
IMBAMBAS: Unsettled Feelings Of An Object And Self, KH Gallery, London

2021
ARQUIVO MESTRE, Jean Claude Maier, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
 

2019
BROKEN BODIES, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

2017
AMBUNDULANDO, curated by Paula Nascimento and Suzana Sousa, Portuguese Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola.

2016
KWIKA: LOVE OR HATE, curated by Sonia Ribeiro, Galerie Thorigny, Paris, France. FRAGMENTATION 1.0, Curetted by Sonia Ribeiro, Gallery of Economic Bank, Luanda, Angola.

2015
POP ORGY, PROJECT SEEDS OF MEMORY, curated by Suzana Sousa, Milan, Italy

2014
PRIVATE SPACE, Gallery Geraldes da Silva, Porto, Portugal.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS /

2022

The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, Norval Foundation Gallery 9, Cape Town

2021

Around the table, No20 arts, London
Vantage Point Sharjah 9, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
New Era For Humanity, Marvilla Art District, Lisbon
Redirecting, Tree Art Museum, Beijing

 
2020
Africa Universe II, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
Departure, Jean-Claude Maier, Lisbon
London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London
Tomorrow: London, White Cube Gallery, London
 

2018
The Black Sphinx II, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
The Black Sphinx II. From Morocco to Madagascar, Primae Noctis Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland
Project Gallery of Small Things for Dak’art 2018, Curated by Bisi Silva, Dakar, Senegal.

2017
LUUNDA, Curated by Suzana Sousa, Paula Nascimento, Bruno Leita?o, Hangar CIA, Lisbon, Portugal.
E.U IN ANGOLA, curated by Keyezua, Portuguese Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola.

2016
COMMUNTING: OS DAS BANDAS, Espelho D ?agua, Lisboa, Portugal.

2015
UNORTHODOX, curated by Jens Hoffman and Kelly Taxter, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA.

2014
NOISE, curated by Suzana Sousa, Portuguese Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola.

 

SELECTED PROJECTS /

2021 
Poldra, Sculpture Park, Viseu, Portugal 
Vantage Point, Sharjah Foundation - EAU June Art Fair - Basel

2020
Loeries Creative Week 2020, Johannesburg, 
South Africa BMA Lab: Masterclass, Braga Media Arts, Braga, Portugal 
Talk - Gnration, Braga, Portugal

2018

Dakar Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal.

2017
Luanda Triennial, organized by Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda, Angola.
Lagos Art Biennial, Lagos, Nigeria.

2014
St. JORGE ISLAND, curated by Paula de Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Luanda, Milan, Lisbon, London, Porto.
AFRICA NOW BY DESIGN INDABA, curated by, Paula de Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Cape Town, South Africa.

2013
MOVING AFRICA, Project by Goethe Institute for Doual ?art, Douala?, Cameron.

 

RESIDENCY /

2022
(Upcoming)The Deveron Projects - Huntly, Scotland - Residency

2019
(WFY) World Youth Forum, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

2017
Hangar CIA - 180 Artists of the South, supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.

2014
JAANGO - Artists in residency, supported by Dominick Tunner, Luanda, Angola.

 

COLLECTIONS /

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) - London
The Marino Golinelli Collection - Italy
Taguchi Art Collection - Japan
Damian Grieder Collection - Switzerland
Economic Bank of Angola - Angola
BFA Bank Angola Collection - Angola Portuguese National Archive - Portugal

 

AWARDS /

2022
The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize - Nominated LAGUNA ART PRIZE, Business for Art, Venice, Italy

2016
ART LAGUNA PRICE, Business for Art, Venice, Italy.

Januario  Jano - Untitled (Alda & Joaquina)
Untitled (Alda & Joaquina)
2019
Fabric, Quilted, Transfer, Stitch, Sewing
174 × 85 cm
Januario Jano - Untitled (Alda & Joaquina)
2019 - Fabric, Quilted, Transfer, Stitch, Sewing - 174 × 85 cm
Januario  Jano - Untitled (Bessa Ngana)
Untitled (Bessa Ngana)
2019
Fabric, Quilted, Transfer, Stitch, Sewing
168 × 85 cm
Januario Jano - Untitled (Bessa Ngana)
2019 - Fabric, Quilted, Transfer, Stitch, Sewing - 168 × 85 cm
Januario  Jano - Broken bed nr. 2
Broken bed nr. 2
2019
Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steel grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewing
Januario Jano - Broken bed nr. 2
2019 - Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steel grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewing
Januario  Jano - Untitled
Untitled
2019
Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steel grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewing
224 × 180 × 50 cm
Januario Jano - Untitled
2019 - Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steel grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewing - 224 × 180 × 50 cm
Januario  Jano - Specter
Specter
2019
Inkjet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag
108 × 105 cm each.
Januario Jano - Specter
2019 - Inkjet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag - 108 × 105 cm each.
Januario  Jano - Untitled
Untitled
2019
Mixed media, paper, mirror, wood board, acrylic
Variable dimension
Januario Jano - Untitled
2019 - Mixed media, paper, mirror, wood board, acrylic - Variable dimension
Januario  Jano - Mponda 10
Mponda 10
2018
Mixed media
174 x 108 cm
Januario Jano - Mponda 10
2018 - Mixed media - 174 x 108 cm
Januario  Jano - Mponda 11
Mponda 11
2018
Mixed media
145 x 90 cm
Januario Jano - Mponda 11
2018 - Mixed media - 145 x 90 cm
Januario  Jano - llundu: Anthology
llundu: Anthology
2018
Inkjet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag
46 × 34 cm each.
Januario Jano - llundu: Anthology
2018 - Inkjet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag - 46 × 34 cm each.