Cosmo Whyte, Nkisi, 2014. C-Print, 152.4 x 101.6 cm. Courtesy October Gallery. Group show Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery

Hazoumè, E. Kamuanga Ilunga, Kabiru, Ové, Peskine, LR Vandy and Whyte in a group show at October Gallery

Life Through Extraordinary Mirros

Romuald Hazoumè

Romuald Hazoumè (b. 1962, Porto-Novo, Benin)is one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists and recipient of the prestigious Arnold Bode Prize at documenta 12. The artist’s astute and sardonically political oeuvre is realised in a diverse range of media. Hazoumè undertakes monumental installations that act as metaphors of African place, history and identity.

Romuald Hazoumè, Romanella, 2018. Plastic and found object, 50 x 45 x 15 cm. Life trough extraordinary mirros at October Gallery
Romuald Hazoumè, Romanella, 2018. Plastic and found object, 50 x 45 x 15 cm. Life trough extraordinary mirros at October Gallery

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga(b.1991, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo) explores the seismic shifts in the economic, political and social identity of the DRC that have taken place since colonialism. His large-scale figurative compositions possess a depth of historical understanding, with a striking and sophisticated interplay of the intensity of space juxtaposed with emptiness.

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Oubliez le passe et vous perdez les deux yeux, 2016. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 220 cm.Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Oubliez le passe et vous perdez les deux yeux, 2016. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 220 cm.Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery

Cyrus Kabiru

Cyrus Kabiru (b.1984, Nairobi, Kenya).  is best known for his intricate, handmade eye-wear sculptures created from found materials and their accompanying self-portrait photographs. In Kabiru’s photographs, it is always the artist himself, wearing his ‘C-stunner’ creations, as if continuing his observation of everyday life from an extraordinary position.

Cyrus Kabiru, Kubwa Macho Nne - American Darts, 2015. Pigment Ink on HP Premium Satin Photographic Paper, 150 x 150 cm. Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery
Cyrus Kabiru, Kubwa Macho Nne – American Darts, 2015. Pigment Ink on HP Premium Satin Photographic Paper, 150 x 150 cm. Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery

Zak Ové

Zak Ové’s (b.1966, London, of Trinidadian descent) practice includes sculpture, film and photography. His work is informed in part by the history and lore carried through the African diaspora to the Caribbean, Britain and beyond. Ové’s artworks explore the interplay between old world mythology and what he posits as ‘potential futures’, a space where he reinterprets existence into the fantastical.

Zak Ové, Skateboard P (from the Lost Souls series), 2011. Resin cast and mixed media, 149 cm. Group Show Life trough extraordinary mirros at October Gallery
Zak Ové, Skateboard P (from the Lost Souls series), 2011. Resin cast and mixed media, 149 cm. Group Show Life trough extraordinary mirros at October Gallery

Alexis Peskine

Alexis Peskine’s (b.1979, France of Afro-Brazilian/Russian descent) signature works are large-scale mixed media ‘portraits’ of the African diaspora, which are rendered by hammering gold leafed nails of different gauge, with pin-point accuracy, into stained wood. Peskine depicts figures that portray strength and perseverance, with energy startlingly reminiscent of the Minkisi “power figures” of the Congo Basin.

Alexis Peskine, Tilo Ndin Ngo, 2019. Moon gold, nails, earth, water, coffee and archival varnish on wood, 150 x 110 cm. Group Show Life trough extraordinary mirros at October Gallery
Alexis Peskine, Tilo Ndin Ngo, 2019. Moon gold, nails, earth, water, coffee and archival varnish on wood, 150 x 110 cm. Group Show Life trough extraordinary mirros at October Gallery

LR Vandy 

In her sculptures, LR Vandy (b.1958, England, of Nigerian/Irish descent) brings together both found and made objects in order to create new meaning. Vandy transforms model boat hulls into ‘masks’, animating them with various materials, including fishing floats, porcupine quills and acupuncture needles. The hulls allude to the transportation of migrants as commodities.

LRVandy, Pale Blue and Pink, 2019. Wood, metal and plastic, 90 x 27 x 25 cm. Courtesy October gallery. Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery
LRVandy, Pale Blue and Pink, 2019. Wood, metal and plastic, 90 x 27 x 25 cm. Courtesy October gallery. Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery

Cosmo Whyte

Cosmo Whyte’s (b.1982, St. Andrew, Jamaica) work is defined by how the 21st century migrant can reconcile with a colonial past whilst shedding the burdens of nationalism and origin. Whyte employs photographs, drawings and sculpture to explore how notions of identity are disrupted by migration, as an unfinished arc of motion whose final resting point remains an open-ended question.

Cosmo Whyte, Expact, 2017 C-Print 152.4 x 101.6 cm Courtesy October Gallery. Group show Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery
Cosmo Whyte, Expact, 2017 C-Print 152.4 x 101.6 cm Courtesy October Gallery. Group show Life through extraordinary Mirrors at October Gallery
Life Through Extraordinary Mirrors
A group show at October Gallery
12 September – 23 November 2019
October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
Bloomsbury
LONDON WC1N 3AL
UK
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