Monthly Archives: August 2015

SPOTLIGHT: Pathy Tshindele

Born and still currently residing in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pathy Tshindele is a contemporary artist who is becoming ever more recognized in the art world. Featuring in the 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair this year, his work combines several media platforms in an unconventional manner. He aims to challenge the oppression of race, gender and nationality through his work, with a particular attentiveness to the native Kin language, rendering his work easily comprehensible for all. In particular, Tshindele employs symbolism and expression with bright, vivid colors and basic forms.

Following from his strong views on cultural discrimination, Tshindele formed the ‘Kinshasa Wenze Wenze’ in 2003, an artistic event which transformed neglected, dilapidated cars from the city into sculptural pieces of work. Through the artist’s creative freedom this project underlined the constant difficulties of the inhabitants within the decaying city in which they were confined. The emotion and energy of the images are heightened by the artist’s expressive use of vivid colors and bold blocking of form.

To find out more about the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and the artists involved, including Pathy Tshindele, please visit http://1-54.com/new-york/

All Images © Pathy Tshindele.

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SPOTLIGHT: Fabrice Monteiro

Exhibiting  in the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair later this year, the photography of Fabrice Monterio expresses his attachment to his homeland of Africa, as well as a keen interest in photojournalism and fashion. Living and working in Dakar, Senegal, Monteiro was originally educated as an industrial engineer but discovered a passion for portrait art and the sensitivity it produced in photographic form.

His unique style evident in each distinctive photograph illustrates his cultural pride and love of his native people. Travelling the world further inspired Monteiro, witnessing the poverty and injustice prevalent in humanity. Through his experiences, the artist presents to us an enchanting depiction of strong characters, advancing from their disadvantaged position.

Focusing on humankind, history and cultural traditions, Monteiro produced a series of works centering on the apparatus of slavery entitled ‘Brown Runaway Fugitive Slaves’. These images display strong contrasts of light and dark with his isolated figures bound in chains, ultimately producing highly sensitive and intense interpretations of African history. The artist’s ability to incite intensity within these works compels the viewer to emotionally connect to the individuals within the images and relate to their subjection, inevitably placing us within the scene.

Visit http://fabricemonteiro.viewbook.com/to find out more about Fabrice Monteiro and his work.

All Images © Fabrice Monteiro.

SPOTLIGHT: Nkechi Ebubedike

Born in 1984, Nkechi Ebubedike is a Nigerian American artist working with painting, sculpture installation, photography and mixed media techniques. She incorporates found objects in her work as well as distorting original photographs and video footage, concentrating on her own experiences in an urban and suburban environment and travelling for much of her life.

Bright Boys 3

Describing her relation to Nigeria, Ebubedike notes how her experience living there at a young age stimulated her interest in the culture and ways in which she could express this through her work. Now residing in Washington and London, the artist combines her encounters in contrasting civilizations and blend of cultures.

Bright Boys (Untitled #3), 2015

Her 2011 collection of work entitled ‘Bright Boys’ consists of altered digital images with contemporary urban forms and a mix of bright, vibrant colors. Each image centers on cultural representations of African/American males, manipulating the way in which they are perceived by the hallucinogenic display of space and distorted identity. Each work displaces the viewer momentarily, inviting them to examine the subject and the subliminal messages veiled in the aesthetics.

The Quiet Light Within
Quiet Light

In 2014, Ebubedike received public acclaim for her video montage entitled ‘The Quiet Light Within’, selected for the Juror’s prize for the National Art Competition. In this piece, the artist explores the relationship between power and the environment and how this affects our well-being as well as our perception of the world. It further examines the distribution of power and accessibility in other less developed areas, highlighting the resourcefulness and creativity necessary when ‘power’ is not easily established.

To find out more information about Nkechi Ebubedike and her work, please visit http://www.nkechiamanda.com/Nkechi-Amanda-Ebubedike