Joël Mpah Dooh
Joël Mpah Dooh is one of the finest artists on the continent and enjoys international critical acclaim with his paintings and multi media works. His exhibition Rendez-vous was a definite highlight of the 2006 Dakar Biennale of African Contemporary Art in Senegal. He strongly featured in the Lines of Connections exhibition with William Kentridge, Kendell Geers and Samuel Fosso, organised by the MTN Art Foundation in 2001.
Joël Mpah Dooh lives and works in Douala, Cameroon, and studied fine arts in Amiens, France. He has been showing extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Cameroon, Austria, Senegal, France, Cuba, Lebanon, USA and Kenya.
Joel Mpah Dooh is preoccupied with art and the experiment in art. He is inspired by the tactile reality of his environment but is mostly an inner traveler; He works on paper, canvas, corrugated iron and most recently perspex, mixing earth, colours, clay, packaging wood and chalk inscriptions and scratching. Such material conjures a somber atmosphere.
He explores the fragility of individual human identity and how it reinvents himself while moving and evolving in the city. He suggests that in the process, this delicate ‘self’ is taking control through conflict with society and the institutions and draws his own history and destiny in the light of other human connections and relationships.
With this first solo exhibition in South Africa, Joël Mpah Dooh draws on a retrospective body of works and exhibits a coherent ensemble while evoking years of experimentations.
15 September – 14 October 2006
joel mpah dooh, tâche blanche, terre ocre, metal and perspex, 106x107cm, 2006