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For the Contemporary Design Market, painter and illustrator Gilles Mayk Navangi has created a collection of papier-mâché objects, inspired by African culture and the traditional know-how of the continent.
He has focused his research on African architecture, particularly seen in the Sahel region. Like the Great Mosque Djingareyber in Mali, the takyenta of the Batammaribas people in Benin and Togo or the Teleuk of the Mousgoum people in Cameroon.
At the same time, he was interested in the relationship between African tribes and their motifs in daily life, like the ornamentation of houses or objects, for make-up, scarification, etc.
This research has resulted in 5 sculptures, made out of papier-mâché and illustrated through his graphic universe. The choice of papier-mâché lies in the very raw touch it presents, while being a modern production technique. The manual approach and the relationship between simplicity of execution and complexity of forms are aspects that refer to African philosophy.
Several components of African ancestral heritage are evoked here, including science, technology, and spirituality.
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Painting and Drawing, Paperwork
"Negro" (Black), natural white
Gilles Mayk Navangi is a painter and illustrator.
His work presents a dreamlike universe composed of graphic patterns, stylized vegetation and human silhouettes that intermingle. The importance that the artist gives to symbols and body posture is influenced by Ancient Egypt’s frescoes and by moderns such as Keith Haring.
G. M. Navangi gives us to look at the Man, that he wishes to be solidary and fraternal. He reinterprets and appropriates moments of the history of African civilizations in order to change some popular stereotypes. He tends to create a panel of graphic characters tracing a temporal thread going from Ancient Egypt to Afrofuturism.
These values and the need to reappropriate the cultural heritage in an artistic practice, find their voice through the new artistic and creative Afrodescendant generation.
Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times.
Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M.
Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”.
The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.
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