Eloko Mitano

by Gilles Mayk Navangi Belgium


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Each variation may differ Dimension LxWxH (cm): 75x75x130
Open Editions Material : Papier-mâché
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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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About the designer

Gilles Mayk Navangi

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.

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As Belgium is a small country without a very distinctive, nationalistic pride, artists and designers can work in complete freedom. There’s no higher purpose to be served. Creations can be the most individual expression of the most individual emotion. Thanks to this liberal creative climate – in combination with a strong, historical artistic tradition and qualitative art schools – Belgian art, design, and its collectors have gained international recognition for their avant-gardism. Besides, Belgium has always been a melting pot of different cultures, combining both German and Roman influences. This historical context gives designers the opportunity to colour outside the lines and outspokenly explore the borders between art, design, crafts, and industry. Strict typologies are left behind; rather, banal materials are transformed for a high-end context and meaningful stories are transmitted as an extra emotional layer. In doing so, these emancipated creations break out of traditional frames of reference, open up to everyone, and stand with both feet in our multicultural and multi-layered contemporary society. Visit the Contemporary Design Market x ADORNO collection in person at: TOUR & TAXIS Gare Maritime Rue Picard, 11 – 1000 Brussels, Belgium Saturday, 24 September (9.00 - 18.00) Sunday, 25 September 2022 (9.00 - 17.00)