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    Mamfe born Cameroonian; Em'kal Eyongakpa wins Henrike Grohs Art Award equivalent to 13 Million Frs!

    Em’kal Eyongakpa is an intermedia artist from the Manyu Division of the South West Region of Cameroon, who is now the first recipient of the Henrike Grohs Art Award conceived by the Goethe-Institute.

    The Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family conceived a prize of €20.000 in memory of Henrike Grohs; the former Head of the Goethe-Institut in Côte d’Ivoire and 17 other people who lost their lives on 13 March 2016 in a terror attack in Grand-Bassam.

    The Henrike Grohs Art Award is to continue the lifetime work of Henrike Grohs who committed her productive life to artists in Africa.

    Eyongakpa was shortlisted alongside Georgina Maxim (Zimbabwe) and Makouvia Kokou Ferdinand (Togo) and he was announced winner on the 6th of March and he will be awarded on 13 March in Abidjan.

    He will receive 20,000€(13 Million Frs).

    Eyongakpa who has not been able to visit his hometown in Mamfe for a while now, due to the Anglophone crisis, reveals that the piece he submitted for the the Henrike Grohs Art Award was inspired by The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, specifically a video made by an Anglophone detainee in jail.

    Watch the video below as Eyongakpa breaks down the source of his inspiration:
    Em’kal Eyongakpa is an intermedia artist who approaches the experienced, the unknown, as well as collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and transformation.

    His recent ideas increasingly draw from indigenous knowledge systems and aesthetics, ethnobotany, applied mycology as well as technology in his explorations of the personal and the universal.

    Eyongakpa is also known for self-organised community research projects and autonomous art hubs like KHaL!SHRINE in Yaoundé (2007-2012) and the recently launched sound art and music platform ɛfúkúyú. He holds degrees in Plant biology and Ecology from the University of Yaoundé and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

    Eyongakpa's work has recently been exhibited at the Jakarta Biennale (2017), the 13th Sharjah Biennial (2017), La Biennale de Montreal (2016), the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), the 9th and 10th Bamako Encounters (2011, 2015), the 10th Biennale de l'art africain contemporain, Dak'art (2012) and at several international art spaces and museums around the world.

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