PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

AFRICA UNIVERSE | CHAPTER 1 - JANUARIO JANO: “ANTHROPOCENE”

Januario Jano / Joël Andrianomearisoa, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Amani Bodo, Abdoulaye Konaté, Cristiano Mangovo, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, Cameron Platter, Ghizlane Sahli, Amina Zoubir

26 September - 13 November 2019

Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Africa Universe. Chapter 1, Januario Jano: “Anthropocene”, the first part of a group show, entirely dedicated to Contemporary African Art. The exhibition will include the work of artists such as Joël Andrianomearisoa, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Amani Bodo, Abdoulaye Konaté, Troy Makaza, Cristiano Mangovo, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, Cameron Platter, Ghizlane Sahli and Amina Zoubir.

 

Africa Universeis a monumental project divided in three chapters - exhibitions, which Primo Marella Gallery will host in the following months. Each show is dedicated to a particular artist and the first chapter of this artistic journey will start with the work of Januario Jano (1979), a multi-disciplinary Angolan artist. In his paintings, installations, photographs and performances, Jano explores the opposing notions of modern pop culture and traditional practices: “Research is at the center of my artistic practice. My interest is in the concepts of home and self, inspired by my background and globalization”. The human being and the notion of the body play a crucial role in his artistic research through which he tries to connect the present and the past in order to build a sort of historical narrative. “Objectifying the body is one of the core element predominant in my practice, hence the need to re-live the past seems to be associated with the creation of identity consists of multiple factors including gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Seduced with the parallel between fiction and reality as the work itself has this ambivalence to it, that creates the intersection to exploring the subjects around the body and its representation occur within the increasingly globalized and cross-cultural dimension”, that dimension that is our current geological era, the human-influenced epoch, the “Anthropocene”.

 

In support of this exhibition, Primae Noctis Art Gallery in Lugano will present the same project, including other works of participating artists in order to further stimulate the public discourse about Contemporary African Art and its caleidoscpic universe.

 

In addition, we are glad to announce that many of the artists involved in the Africa Universeexhibition will be also participating in the show AFRICA NOW, which will open at the MO.CA in Brescia, starting from November 15th, 2019.

 

The next two chapters of Africa Universe will be dedicated to Troy Makaza (1995 - Harare, Zimbawe) and Cristiano Mangovo (1982 – Cabinda, Angola), which will be respectively exhibited in November and December 2019.

#No Name

Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien

#No Name
2016
polystyrene, polyurethane resin, copper, raffia, rope, razor blades, acrylic paint, fabric
cm 230 x 128 x 250

#No Name
2016 - polystyrene, polyurethane resin, copper, raffia, rope, razor blades, acrylic paint, fabric - cm 230 x 128 x 250

Untitled (Chanson de ma terre lointaine series)

Joel Andrianomearisoa

Untitled (Chanson de ma terre lointaine series)
2017
Textiles
cm 130 x 180

Untitled (Chanson de ma terre lointaine series)
2017 - Textiles - cm 130 x 180

Personnage en noir - blanc (fond rouge)

Abdoulaye Konaté

Personnage en noir - blanc (fond rouge)
2017
Textiles
cm 218 x 183

Personnage en noir - blanc (fond rouge)
2017 - Textiles - cm 218 x 183

HT006

Ghizlane Sahli

HT006
2018
Silk on plastic and metal
cm 182 x 152 x 32

HT006
2018 - Silk on plastic and metal - cm 182 x 152 x 32

Ilundu: Anthology 2/4

Januario Jano

Ilundu: Anthology 2/4
2018
Inkjet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag
cm 52 x 40 each.

Ilundu: Anthology 2/4
2018 - Inkjet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag - cm 52 x 40 each.

HT038

Ghizlane Sahli

HT038
2018
silk on plastic and metal
cm 150 x 120 x 30

HT038
2018 - silk on plastic and metal - cm 150 x 120 x 30

Untitled

Januario Jano

Untitled
2019
Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steal grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewing, Fabric ball
cm 230 x 270

Untitled
2019 - Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steal grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewing, Fabric ball - cm 230 x 270

Untitled

Januario Jano

Untitled
2019
Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steal grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewin.
cm 224 x 180 x 50

Untitled
2019 - Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steal grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewin. - cm 224 x 180 x 50

Broken bed nr. 2

Januario Jano

Broken bed nr. 2
2019
Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steal grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewin.
cm 230 x 60 x 95

Broken bed nr. 2
2019 - Fabric, Rope, Bed wooden leg, Steal grill, Bedding, Gelly Transfer onto canvas, Dye, Stitch, Sewin. - cm 230 x 60 x 95

Buffalo City

Cameron Platter

Buffalo City
2019
pencil on paper
cm 160 x 110

Buffalo City
2019 - pencil on paper - cm 160 x 110

Mangaung

Cameron Platter

Mangaung
2019
pencil on paper
cm 160 x 110

Mangaung
2019 - pencil on paper - cm 160 x 110

Ekurhuleni

Cameron Platter

Ekurhuleni
2019
pencil on paper
cm 160 x 110

Ekurhuleni
2019 - pencil on paper - cm 160 x 110

Lune bleue

Abdoulaye Konaté

Lune bleue
2019
Textiles
cm 400 x 518

Lune bleue
2019 - Textiles - cm 400 x 518

La piège

Amani Bodo

La piège
2019
Acrylic on canvas
cm 130 x 125

La piège
2019 - Acrylic on canvas - cm 130 x 125

#MAP #13 with Drawing #2

Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien

#MAP #13 with Drawing #2
2019
Jute fiber, scraper, aluminium, hair, terracotta, plaster, raphia fiber
variable dimensions

#MAP #13 with Drawing #2
2019 - Jute fiber, scraper, aluminium, hair, terracotta, plaster, raphia fiber - variable dimensions

Give us back our sun humanity dignity

Amina Zoubir

Give us back our sun humanity dignity
2019
wax sculpture
cm 49 x 29 x 5

Give us back our sun humanity dignity
2019 - wax sculpture - cm 49 x 29 x 5

#MAP #14 with Drawing #3 & #MAP #15 with Drawing #4

Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien

#MAP #14 with Drawing #3 & #MAP #15 with Drawing #4
2019
Brass, jute fiber, scraper, hair, aluminium, plaster, raphia fiber, copper
variable dimensions

#MAP #14 with Drawing #3 & #MAP #15 with Drawing #4
2019 - Brass, jute fiber, scraper, hair, aluminium, plaster, raphia fiber, copper - variable dimensions

We can not impede a star from shining

Amina Zoubir

We can not impede a star from shining
2019
wax sculpture
cm 49 x 29 x 5

We can not impede a star from shining
2019 - wax sculpture - cm 49 x 29 x 5