PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Januario  Jano

Januario Jano

born in 1979 in Luanda (Angola)

Research is the central feature of my artistic practice. I am interested in exploring ideas of home and self, reflecting on my historical upbring and the globalized cultural sphere.

Seduced with the parallel between fiction and reality as my practice itself has this ambivalence to it, that creates the intersection to exploring the subjects around the body and its representation which occur within the increasingly globalized and cross-cultural dimension, that allows me to engage with sculpture, textile, performance, sound, video, photography, and installations.

 

_ Januario Jano.

Januario Jano explores the opposing notions of modern pop culture and traditional practices through performance, photography and textile. 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 /

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

2018 – Present
MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths University, London, England.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

V&A – Victoria and Albert Museum - London Economic Bank of Angola
BFA Bank Angola
Portuguese National Archive

Private Collections (Angola, France, USA, England, Portugal, Brazil, South Africa, Italy, Hong Kong)

 

AWARDS /

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

Januario  Jano - Mponda 09
Mponda 09
2018
Mixed media
Cm 175 x 103
Januario Jano - Mponda 09
2018 - Mixed media - Cm 175 x 103
Januario  Jano - Mponda 10
Mponda 10
2018
Mixed media
Cm 174 x 108
Januario Jano - Mponda 10
2018 - Mixed media - Cm 174 x 108
Januario  Jano - Mponda 11
Mponda 11
2018
Mixed media
Cm 145 x 90
Januario Jano - Mponda 11
2018 - Mixed media - Cm 145 x 90
Januario  Jano - Mponda 12
Mponda 12
2018
Mixed media
Cm 140 x 90
Januario Jano - Mponda 12
2018 - Mixed media - Cm 140 x 90
Januario  Jano - Ilundu (01/24)
Ilundu (01/24)
2017
Ink-jet on 100% cotton art paper rag
Cm 36 x 36 x 3 each
Januario Jano - Ilundu (01/24)
2017 - Ink-jet on 100% cotton art paper rag - Cm 36 x 36 x 3 each
Januario  Jano - Musseke
Musseke
2017
Photography and textile, Ink-jet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag and embroidery cloth
Cm 45 x 32 each
Januario Jano - Musseke
2017 - Photography and textile, Ink-jet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag and embroidery cloth - Cm 45 x 32 each