JEAN DAVID NKOT

JEAN DAVID NKOT WAS BORN IN DOUALA (CAMEROON) WHERE HE LIVES AND WORKS.

In 2010, he got a painting A-level at the Institute of Artistic Training of Mbalmayo (IFA) before joining the Institute of Fine Arts Foumban, where he obtained a degree in drawing/painting. In 2017 he joined the Post Master Moving Frontiers organized by the National School of Arts of Paris-Cergy (France) on the theme of borders. Throughout his training in the fine arts of Foumban, he received several artistic distinctions (Best sculptor, installer and painter). Conscious of what his elders can bring him he is frequently in the workshops of Hervé Youmbi, Salifou Lindou, Jean Jacques Kanté, Pascal Kenfack, Ruth Belinga.

A painter of the human condition, bodies and territories structure his artistic approach. His artworks question and shake consciences by exploring and exposing faces submerged by inscriptions. The recurring pattern of cartography questions the fight of bodies on territories. Far from drawing the attention of the viewer on the identity of his characters, Jean David highlights the expression of the turmoil inhabiting them in the manner of Zhang Dali, Francis Bacon and Jenny Saville.

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2021
"Human@Condition", AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France
"Le dessous des cartes", Espace Bolo, Douala, Cameroon
1-54 New York, New York, United States
"Corps et Espace", Espace doual'art, Douala, Cameroon

2020
INVESTEC Cape Town Art fair, Cape Town, South Africa
1-54 Marrakech, solo show, Marrakech, Morocco
"ORIGINES", collective exhibition, Afikaris Gallery, Paris, France
1-54 New York, Jack Bell Gallery, New York, United States

2019
AKAA Art fair, Paris, France
1-54 art fair, London, UK
Individual exhibition at Jack Bell Gallery, London
Alliance Française de Nairobi, duo show, Nairobi, Kenya
1-54 art fair, New York, USA

2018
"INVISIBLE BORDERS", collective exhibition, Afikaris Gallery, Paris, France
1-54 art fair, London, UK
Individual exhibition at Jack Bell Gallery, London, United Kingdom
World bank, Cameroon
Métaphore du Big Bang, Carole Kvanevski gallery, Paris, France
Urban attitude Ravy (rencontre d’art visuel de yaounde), Yaounde, Cameroun

2017
SUD (salon urbain de douala IND), Douala, Cameroon
"MEMOIRE LIBEREE", National museum of Cameroon, Yaounde, Cameroon
"CHEMINEMENT", Yaounde contemporary art Gallery, Yaounde, Cameroon
Behind the gate, Bandjoun Station, Cameroon.
“OUR WHISHES”, Léopold Museum, Vienne, Austria.

2016
"A  FLEUR DE PEAU", Individual exhibition, Doual’art, Cameroon YIA Art fair, France
"DIALOGUES", Bandjoun station, Cameroon
" Congo / Cameroon: esthétique en partage au-delà des Géographies ", Dakar biennale, Senegal
" BIND: contemporary images, Dakar biennale, Senegal
Bandjoun Station, Cameroon
Ravy (Rencontre d’Art Visuel Yaoundé), Cameroun

2015
Cape Town Art fair, South Africa
“JEUNE REGARD URBAIN II", Doual’art, Cameroon
“A CONTEMPORARY VIEW", world bank, Yaounde, Cameroon

2014
" CA ME DIT MARTHYRS ", Espace Doual’art, Cameroon
" WATER ", young artists, Foumban, Cameroon
Cameroun-Tchad feeling, Ndjamena
Co’art 4th edition, Cotco Douala

2013
Urban artfair, Douala, off, Cameroon
3rd edition of plastic arts market (MAP), Douala, Cameroon
3rd edition “couleur et toile”, Hôtel prince de Galles, Douala, Cameroon


HOW DO YOU CONCEIVE YOUR WORKS?
My work always follows a book. I imagine my art to illustrate the texts I read. How I can give life through images to what I have read.

THE HUMAN CONDITION IS THE GUIDELINE OF YOUR WORK. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE IT?
The human condition gathers the inequalities existing between individuals. This notion also includes the way they consider each other.

WHY USING CARTOGRAPHY?
My works explore the relations between the body and territory. Using cartography allows me to support what I want to express. Maps arise from my research and analysis of public data. My last works focus on mining. Thus, the maps highlight and question these data. The map is there to support my point and go beyond. It questions what is currently happening on the African territory and underlines the consequences on human lives.

HOW DO YOU CONCEIVE YOUR MAPS MOLÉCULES?
The concept of maps molécules is inspired by the maps created by Thomas Hirschhorn. Like him, I circle keywords and link them together. I call them maps molécules because their structure is reminiscent of molecules and atoms. Information gravitates around a central word. I want to show how they can generate a debate around a specific topic. It is normal if, at first sight, this mass of information does not seem to make any coherent.

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