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Angèle Etoundi Essamba

Born: 1962 in Douala, Cameroon

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Angele Etoundi Essamba belongs to a generation of artists who consistently focus on the african self-image. You could regard it as a form of emancipation,the development of a personal view of physical beauty,free from all antropological,ethnographic,exotic and romantic blemishes from the colonial era. Like Charles Cordier in his day, Angele Etoundi Essamba wants to give African men and women back their own beauty, she is constantly divesting the beauty of the african body of misunderstandings. The skin is reinvested with its physical proximity, because the photographer has almost litteraly crawled into the skin of the image. Essamba’s photographs are always carefully composed. She proceed from an organised form ,a concept,a construction of the image which she has imagined.It may take the form of a specific attitude or gesture,or it may be an expression, however minimally expressed in pure form.

These images are generally timeless. Beauty,they seem to be saying is primarily about stasis. Wether it is a photograph by Man Ray, Mapplethorpe or Etoundi Essamba, it is always encapsulates that one sublime moment in which the beauty of the human form is captured by an artist, the moment of classical balance, the perfect cut-out, that one moment of suspended animation prior to movement…
(Huub Mous, the Netherlands 2004, art critics)


Art objects of this artist

Essamba, Angèle Etoundi ◊ Noir 40, 2001
Essamba, Angèle Etoundi ◊ Noir 40, 2001

Essamba, Angèle Etoundi ◊ Noir 45, 2001
Essamba, Angèle Etoundi ◊ Noir 45, 2001

Essamba, Angèle Etoundi ◊ Noir 61, 2001
Essamba, Angèle Etoundi ◊ Noir 61, 2001

Biography


Angèle Etoundi Essamba was born in 1962 in Douala ( Cameroon)
She went to Paris at the age of ten and received there her basic education.In 1982 she moved to Amsterdam where she got her photographic training at the Professional Dutch School of Photography.Since her first exhibition in 1985, many more have followed both solos and group shows in Europe, Africa and America,

Through her excellence in photography Angèle Etoundi Essamba gained international recognition with her special and personal view on composition,contrast and design.
Her work combines these with an intimate sensitivity of race and her african heritage. We feel her pride, strength and Passion.



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Angèle Etoundi Essamba - Selected Solo Exhibitions

1991
- Africa Museum, Berg en Dal
1994
- Centre Culturel Francais, Cameroun
1995
- Indigo Galleries Inc., Boca Raton (U.S.A.)
- Omni Gallery, Uniondale, N.Y. (U.S.A)
1996
- Pulitzer Art Gallery, Amsterdam
- "KIT" Tropen Museum, Amsterdam
1997
- Indigo Galleries Inc., Boca Raton (U.S.A.)
1998
- Michaelis Collection, Cape Town April
- IFAL, Mexico
- Maison Descartes, Amsterdam
- Saarbrucken, Germany
1999
- Institut Francais de Munich, Germany
- Institut Francais de Cologne, Germany
- Het van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn (NL)
2000
- Rasa Cultureel Centrum, Utrecht (NL)
- Het LUMC Galerie, Leiden (NL)
- Waschaus Postdam, Postdam (D)
- Noorderlicht Fotografie, Leeuwarden (NL)
- Gallery Africrea Cameroon
- In Focus Galerie, Köln (Germany)
2001
- Doual'Art, Douala (Cameroon)
- SBK, Amsterdam
- Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem (NL)
2002
- De Vrije Academie, Den Haag (NL)
- Goethe Instituut, Yaoundé
- Gallery 2RC, Roma (Italy)
- The Moba Art Gallery, Brussels (Belgium)
2003
- World Trade Center, Amsterdam
- Museum Schloss Moritzburg, Zeitz (D)
- Het Tropen Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
- French Cultural Center, Dresden (D)
- Fondation Antonio Lopez, Cuenca ( Spain)
- Musée Nationale Yaoundé, (Cameroon)2004
- Galeria Safia, Barcelona (Spain)
- Museum voor Fotokunst, Odense (Denmark)
2005
- Kunstuitleen, Zaandam (NL)
- Ohra Building, Arnhem (NL)
- Delta Lloyd building, Amsterdam (NL)
2006
- Unesco Headquarters, Paris, France
- In Focus Galerie, Cologne, Germany
- Kulturhuset, Stockholm,Sweden
- Via Mundi Gallery, Atlanta, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions
1988
- Rochdale Art Gallery, London
1992
- Kodak Diaframma, Milano (Italy)
- Traveling Exhibition, Ancona/Verona (Italy)
1994
- Biennial Venice, Venice(Italy)
- Biennial Havanna, Cuba
1995
- Biennial South-Africa, Johannesburg
- Street Level Gallery, Glasgow (Scotland)
- Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Art Orlando Fl. (U.S.A )
1997
- The H. Johnson museum of Art, Ithaca (U.S.A)
1998
- Ministery of foreigntrade afffairs, The Hague
- Center for the Visual Arts, Denver (U.S.A )
2000
- Gallery Kentaro Studen, Bienne (CH)
- Biennial d'AkART 2000, Dakar (Senegal)
2001
- Biennial Bamako, Mali
2002
- Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk (NL)
- SBK, KunstHal de Remise, Amsterdam (NL)
- Art Fair 2002, Milan (I)
- Biennial Dak'art , Dakar (Senegal)
- Spazio Oberdan, Milan (I)
- La Maison Descartes, Amsterdam (NL)
- La FNAC Etoile, Paris
2003
- UNESCO headquarters, Paris (F)
- Le mois de la Photo Auxerre, Auxerre (F)
2004
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (USA)2005
- Galerie Safia , Li’lla d’Art, Barcelona (E)
- Museum van Moderne Kunst, Arnhem (NL)



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Angèle Etoundi Essamba - important monographs

- 1996 A. E. Essamba "Contrasts", Johannesburg (Southafrica)
- 1999 A. E. Essamba "Symboles" Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn (NL)
- 2001 A. E. Essamba "Noirs", Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnheim (NL)
- 2003 A. E. Essamba, Barcelona, (E)



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