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Emo De Medeiros

Born 1979, Paris, France
Lives and works in Cotonou, Benin, and in Paris, France

Emo de Medeiros studied at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris/Ulm), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux- Arts (Paris), and at the Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt).
Emo de Medeiros' work is based on a single concept, which he calls contexture, which emphasizes transculturalness, interconnection, transformation, hybridization and the circulation of forms, myths and merchandises in a post- colonial, globalized and digitalized world, employing notions of origin, place and identity to question their context within our increasingly globalized culture.
His artworks always include a salient conceptual dimension, and are characterized by a participatory, serial and rhythmic approach, by a mix of traditional and technological materials and media, as well as the link between art, spirituality and transcendence. As an artist interested in transformation processes and non-linear narratives, Emo de Medeiros explores the shapes, patterns and edges of contemporary African creation, as well as how it is perceived both from inside and outside the continent. Emo de Medeiros works with a wide array of mediums, including sculpture, video, photography, performance, electronic music, drawing, interactive devices, performative installations, painting or connected objects.

Cosmopolis #2.0: Rethinking the Human. Curator : Kathryn Weir. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, Imagined Communities. Artistic Director: Solange Farkas.Curator: Gabriel Bogossian. Sao Paulo, Brazil

São Tomé Biennale VIII. Curator: Renny Ramakers. São Tomé and Principe

TIIT, performance. Goethe Institut, Salvador de Bahia, Brasil


Dak'art Biennale, The Red Hour. Artistic Director: Simon Njami. Former Palais de Justice, Dakar, Senegal

Southern Panoramas, awarded works from the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil. Artistic director: Solange Farkas. Sesc Araraquara and Sesc Santos, Brazil.

Do Disturb performance festival, #MMF. Curator: Vittoria Matarrese. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Second Life, group show. Curator : Othman Lazraq. Museum of African Contemporary Art AL Maaden - Macaal, Marrakech, Morocco.

Flow of Forms/Forms of Flow, group show. Curators: Kerstin Pintherand Alexandra Weigand, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany.

Africa Aperta, Part II, Dominique Fiat Gallery, Paris, France


Mix[cités], group show. Curator : Armelle Dakuo. GVCC Gallery, Casablanca, Morocco

Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival. Artistic Director: Solange Farkas. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Digital Africa, group show. Curator: Christine Eyene. OGU MAG gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Die Schönheit im Anderen, group show. Curator: Mark Gisbourne. Lieberose Castle, Germany

The Black Sphinx, group show. Primo Marella gallery, Milan, Italy

Flow of Forms/Forms of Flow, group show. Curators: Kerstin Pintherand Alexandra Weigand. Galerie Karen Wimmer, Munich, Germany

Afriques Capitales, group show. Curator: Simon Njami. La Villette, Paris, France

Vers le Cap de Bonne-Espérance, group show. Curator: Simon Njami, Gare Saint-Sauveur, Lille, France

Le Havre - Dakar, partager la mémoire, group show. Curator: Cédric Crémière. Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Le Havre, France


Transpositions, solo show 50 Golborne gallery, London, UK

Transmutations, solo show. Curator: Manuela de Barros. Backslash Gallery, Paris, France

Dak'art Biennale, The City in the Blue Daylight. Artistic Director: Simon Njami. Curator: Valentina Gioia Levy. IFAN Museum of African Arts, Dakar, Senegal

Marrakech Biennale, Not New Now. Artistic Director: Reem Fada. L'Blassa, Marrakech, Morocco

The Way It Is, Invited Artist solo show. Art Africa Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa

Global Talks, Bienalsur (Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de América del Sur), Buenos Aires, Argentina


All things magic, solo show, Galerie RSF, Paris, France

Pavillon du Bénin, installation, Venice Biennale Off. Venice, Italy

Vodunaut, solo show. Curator: Didier Houenoude. Centre Arts etCultures, Cotonou, Benin.

Zemidjan, Invited Artist solo show. Ddessin Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris, France

Variations, group show. Galerie Joseph, Paris, France


Kaleta/Kaleta, performative installation. Curator: Vittoria Matarrese. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Black Light Sanctuary, installation. Artistic Director: Stéphane Corréard. 58ème Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France.

Art Fairs


Art Paris, Dominique Fiat Gallery


AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France, Dominique Fiat gallery

Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa, Primo Marella gallery

Artissima, Turin, Italy, Primo Marella gallery

Miart, Milan, Italy, Primo Marella gallery

Art Paris, France, 50 Golborne gallery

Artefiera, Bologna, Italy, Primo Marella gallery

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, USA, 50 Golborne Gallery


Art Africa Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa, solo show

Art Paris, 50 Golborne gallery

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London, 50 Golborne gallery