EXHIBITION THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY

STEVE BANDOMA vs AMANI BODO


THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY

04 DECEMBER 20I9 - 28 FEBRUARY 2020


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Little Trump

STEVE BANDOMA – LITTLE TRUMP (from the Power Series) – 2018

140 X 100 cm – Mixed Media on Paper

Rêve de Présidence

AMANI BODO – RÊVE DE PRÉSIDENCE – 2019

138 X 118 cm – Acrylic on Canvas

Oeuvre et Objets

STEVE BANDOMA – OEUVRE ET OBJETS (from the Lost Tribe Series) – 2018

140 X 120 cm - Mixed Media on Paper

Le Pouvoir de l'Artiste

AMANI BODO – LE POUVOIR DE L’ARTISTE (HOMMAGE À NR) – 2019

130 X 125 cm – Acrylic on Canvas

Untitled

AMANI BODO – UNTITLED – 2014

104 X 84 cm – Acrylic on Canvas

Zap

STEVE BANDOMA – ZAP (from the Lost Tribe Series) – 2016

180 X 120 cm – Mixed Media on Paper

Les Chocs du Pape

AMANI BODO – LES CHOCS DU PAPE – 2019

130 X 125 cm – Acrylic on Canvas

Kuba Danger

STEVE BANDOMA – KUBA DANGER (from the Consumerism Series) – 2019

160 X 120 cm - Mixed Media on Paper

Le Roi Léo

AMANI BODO – LE ROI LÉO – 2015

100 X 80 cm – Acrylic on Canvas

Racine

STEVE BANDOMA – RACINE (from the Zaïre Series) – 2019

140 X 120 cm – Mixed Media on Paper

STEVE BANDOMA (DRC, 1981)

 

Steve Bandoma graduated from the Kinshasa Academy of Fine Arts in 2004 and then opted to move to South Africa, where he gradually constructed his own style, raised his profile, began to exhibit regularly and finally managed to make a name for himself on the South African art scene. In 2009, Bandoma hit the road again, travelling to Paris to take up a residency at the Cité Nationale des Arts. In 2011, he exhibited his work at Art Basel, in Pointe Noire and London, and finally moved back to Kinshasa in 2012, where he showed his work at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles and at the French Institute.

 

Bandoma employs a mix of drawings, colour projections and collages, making for an incredible aesthetic of explosion or rather implosion, chaos and suffering, often against the backdrop of a clash of civilizations. Faces, limbs, body fragments, animated statuettes and fetish all fuse to bring to life what seem like superficially wild and incoherent creations which are in fact very well thought-out and carefully arranged. Indeed, most of the time Bandoma produces series. His creative and vibrant work moves and fascinates people.

 

Several of Steve Bandoma’s artworks were exhibited at the Beauté Congo - Congo Kitoko exhibition at the Fondation Cartier (Paris, July 2015 - January 2016). Steve’s work was recently exhibited at the Texaf-Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa (April - May 2017) as well as in solo shows in Italy, Spain, Belgium, London and Cape Town, but also in art fairs like AKAA with Angalia (Paris, 2019) and 1-54 with MAGNIN-A (London, 2017).






AMANI BODO (DRC, 1988)

 

Amani Bodo is the youngest son of the late-lamented Pierre Bodo (1953-2015), who was one of the leading representatives of Congolese painting. Amani Bodo is a self-taught artist and at the age of 21 his works entered the famous Pigozzi Collection. He is one of the most gifted Congolese painters of his generation. His figurative and symbolic paintings draw inspiration from the family’s artistic world and display a surrealist feel. Amani depicts his ideas, visions and sometimes even his dreams. One of Amani’s favourite themes is Africa’s relationship with the world and, more widely, the relationship between the developing and developed countries.

 

The backgrounds of his canvases are often an impressive rash of flecked colours, a cosmic nebula which immediately grabs the attention and contributes to the dazzling yet mysterious feel of his works. Amani Bodo also displays his talent when depicting the Congolese sapeurs (dandies, as here represented in front of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, dressed in colours by Daniel Buren in 2017). He not only portrays people but also animals, following the great tradition of Congolese peinture populaire. After a goup show with MAGNIN-A, Amani Bodo's first solo exhibition at the Texaf Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa (March - April 2016) proved a resounding success and was followed by several European group shows in France, Belgium, the UK, Italy but also in Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire and Russia.






Steve Bandoma

Born in 1981 in Kinshasa (DRC). Lives and works in Kinshasa.

Graduated from the Académie des Beaux-arts de Kinshasa in 2004.

Graduated from the National Art Institute (DRC) in 2019.

 

SOLO SHOWS

2017 :   Headquarters of the Carabinieri, Rome, Italy

2017 :   Possession, Espace Texaf-Bilembo, Kinshasa, DRC

2015 :   Swab Art Fair, solo show presented by Angalia, Barcelona, Spain

2014 :   Kin la belle, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2013 :   Combat du siècle, Galerie Antonio Nardone, Brussels, Belgium

2013 :   Mutatis Mutandis, Institut français de Kinshasa, DRC

2012 :   Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2012 :   L'heure des chocs, Centre Wallonie Bruxelles International de Kinshasa, DRC

2011 :   Centre Culturel Français de Pointe-Noire, Congo Brazzaville

2009 :   Féminisme, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, France

2009 :   Galerie AVA, Cape Town, South Africa

2008 :   Contempocalypse, Alliance Française de Cape Town, South Africa

 

GROUP SHOWS

2019:     OpenArtExchange, NEW WORLD, Shiedam, the Netherlands

2019:     1:54 Art Fair, Galerie Sulger-Buel, London, UK

2019 :   Na Kinshasa Eza Possible, Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris, France

2019 :    Megalopolis - Stimmen aus Kinshasa, Grassi Museum für Volkerkunde zu Leipzig, Germany

2018 :   African Passions, Palais Cadaval, Evora, Portugal

2018:    Lumières d’Afriques, Musée Mohammed VI, Rabat, Morocco

2018 :   Lumières d’Afriques, Eumestat, Darmstadt, Germany

2017 :   Histoires congolaises, bibliothèque Robert-Desnos, Montreuil, France

2017 :   1:54 Art Fair, Magnin-A, London, UK

2017 :   Art Paris Art Fair, Magnin-A, Paris, France

2017 :   Salon Zürcher Africa, Galerie Zürcher, Angalia, Paris, France

2017 :   Lumières d’Afriques, Union Africaine, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2017 :   Lumières d’Afriques, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

2016 :   Foire AKAA, Angalia, Carreau du Temple, Paris, France

2016 :   1:54 Art Fair, Magnin-A, London, UK

2016 :   Demain Kinshasa, as part of the Journées Utopiques, programme culturel franco-allemand, Institut Français, Kinshasa, DRC

2016 :  Lumières d’Afriques, African Artists for Development (AAD), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

2015 :   Lumières d’Afriques, African Artists for Development (AAD), Paris, France

2015 :   Towards Intersection, Kauru Contemporary Art from Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

2015 :   African Imagined (ACT1), Sandtown Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015 :   Beauté Congo - Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

2015 :  Ostrale ‘015, 9th International Exhibition Contemporary of Art, Germany

2015 :   1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Jack Bell Gallery, Somerset House, London, UK

2015 :   1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Jack Bell Gallery, New York, USA

2015 :  Kongo accross the water, New Orleans Museum, USA

2014 :   Kongo Accross the Waters, the Harn museum of Art, Florida, USA

& Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium

2014 :   Drawing now, Carreau du Temple, Paris, France

2013 :   Kin-BABI, Gallerie Cecile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

2013 :   Maendeleo, La Châtaigneraie, en collab. avec l’ASBL Dialogues, Liège, Belgium

2013 :   Lubumbashi Inakaribisha Kinshasa, ASBL Dialogues, Lubumbashi, DRC

2012 :   Les Fanthomes, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2012 :   Galerie Blank project, Cape Town, South Africa

2011 :   Focus11, art africain contemporain au Salon d'Art Basel, Switzerland

2011 :   Frech, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2011 :   Deux mille dix raisons de vivre dans une petite ville, galerie Goethe on Main, Johannesburg, SA

2010 :   FOCUS10, art africain contemporain au Salon d'Art Basel, Switzerland

2010 :   Space, Devises dans l'art africain contemporain, Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008 :   Le meilleur de l'artreach, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2008 :   Intervention, Unisa Arts Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2008 :   Abazobie, Nelson Mandela Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2007 :   Traite des êtres humains, Iziko Slave Lodge National Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2007 :   Cape Biennale, Blank project, Cape Town, South Africa

2006 :   Iziko National Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

 

Awards :

Steve Bandoma won several awards and scholarships for residencies (Pro Helvetia, Zurich ; visa pour la création, Cultures France ; Art Buzz Book 2009 Collection, USA). He has also been working as an art teacher in South Africa, and been a member of several artistic projects like the Visual Art Network in South Africa, the African Art Institute and co-curator of the’Amani Art Festival in Cape Town (SA).

 

Bibliography :

2015 :   Beauté Congo – Congo Kitoko, exhibition catalogue, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

2015 :   Article « Steve Bandoma : Le “politic-art” », by R. Azimi for Le Monde, 27 August 2015

2015 :   Article « Entretien avec Steve Bandoma pour Swab Gate », by Eva Barois de Caevel, Octobrer www.angalia-arts.com/Entretien-avec-Steve-Bandoma_a92.html

2013 :   Kongo Accross the Waters, catalogue of the exhibition, University Press of Florida, USA

2013 :   Mutatis Mutandis, exhibition catalogue, Institut français de Kinshasa, DRC

 

Media :

o   Megalopolis – Stimmen aus Kinshasa, 2019 

https://youtu.be/1M0ZZnq-BlA

o   Beauté Congo - Entretien avec Steve Bandoma – by Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, July 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-chTqydHD_A

o   L'art contemporain version Steve Bandoma – by Al Qarra TV, June 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGYYyuYteMo

o   Steve Bandoma's struggle for Congolese art – by the BBC, September 2012

www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-19593312

 

 

 




Amani Bodo

Born in 1981 in Kinshasa (DRC). Lives and works in Kinshasa.

 

SOLO SHOW

2016 :   Tambola malembe, Espace Texaf-Bilembo, Kinshasa, DRC (March - April)

 

GROUP SHOWS

2018 :   AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France

2018 :   Kinshasa Chroniques, Musée des arts modestes, Sète, France

2018 :   Congo paintings, Musée africain de Namur, Namur, Belgium

2017 :   AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France

2017 :   Essentiel Paysage, Musée d'Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden, Marrakech, Morocco 

2016 :   AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France

2015 :   The Remarkable lightness of being, galerie Aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium

2014 :   Kin-Babi, galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

2013 :   Peintres du Congo d’aujourd’hui, Musée Baron Martin Gray, France

2011 :   JapanCongo, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia & Le Magasin, Grenoble, FR

2010 :   Emerging Art from Kinshasa, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2010 :   Père et fils, copie ou continuité ?, Centre culturel français, Kinshasa, DRC

2009 :   Africa, una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy

2007 :   Congo. Vies du peuple, vie des arts, Galerie 100 Titres, Brussels, Belgium

2005 :   15 ans de transition, Hôtel Memling, Kinshasa, DRC

2003 :   Regard sur la transition, Hôtel Memling, Kinshasa, DRC

 

Bibliography :

2016 :   Tambola malembe, exhibition catalogue, Angalia

2016 :   Article « Amani bodo : un portraitiste de talent à l’affiche à l’Espace Bilembo », Yves Kalikat, Forum des As, 30 March, www.forumdesas.org/spip.php?article7115

2015 :   Cover for the book « Afriques en présence ; du monde atlantique à la globalisation néolibérale », J-P. Dozon, Ed. MSH  

2009 :   Africa, una nuova storia, exhibition catalogue, Gangemi Editore

 

Media :

  • Entretien avec Amani Bodo, à Paris - by Galerie Angalia, May 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-eQs7RxQqc