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Born in the Central African Republic in 1973 and raised in neighboring Cameroon, Hervé Youmbi discovered art as a child. First he fell in love with drawing, then, in short order, painting and sculpture.

As a teenager, he began taking formal art classes. From 1993 to 1996, he studies at IFA (Institut de Formation Artistique), in the town of Mbalmayo, Cameroon’s only dedicated art school at the time.

At IFA, Youmbi took art theory. This leads to an interest in installation art, which he pursued, through both practice and research, at ESAD (Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg) in France, where he spent one year (2000-2001). While in France, he produces his first work in a medium that has since become central to his practice: video.

Since his earliest days at IFA, and in all of the media in which he has worked, portraiture has played a pivotal role in Youmbi’s oeuvre. Focusing on the human body as an expression of everyday experience in the postcolonial city, Youmbi asks fundamental questions about the urban experience generally speaking, about the cities he inhabits, about cities he passes through and others he dreams of knowing: places that are both the subject and the medium - the raw materials - of his practice.

Hervé Youmbi is a founding member of Cercle Kapsiki, a collective of five Cameroonian visual artists established in 1998. The K factory, the collective’s home, based in New Bell, one of the poorest but also one of the most dynamic districts of Douala, is a flexible space, experimental and open to a wide range of collaborations. There, the collective shares its passion for the arts with city dwellers who otherwise have little access to such things. The K factory is also a laboratory for artists from different disciplines. It welcomes young creators interested in developing experimental forms of expression, as part of a residency program in which they work with established practitioners. Via this initiative, K Factory seeks to effect radical change in a country whose government shows no interest in arts education.


Education and Training

2000 – 2001  Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ESAD) Strasbourg / France.

1993 – 1996   Institut de Formation Artistique (IFA), Mbalmayo / Cameroun


Awards/Fellowships

2012  Recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship," Washington D.C. / USA.

2009  Winner of “Visas pour la création” a program of Culturesfrance program of Afrique et Caraïbe en création.


Collections:

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., USA


Future Projects

2019

Feedback: Art and Africa in the 1980’s. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College /  NH. USA

2017

"Nevralgies", curated by Simon Njami, la galerie du Manège, French Institute, Dakar Senegal.

“Les masques célestes” Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, LWL - Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, Germany. June 10- Oct 17, 2017


2016

Visages de Masques, Doual’art, Douala / Cameroon

Visages des Masques: Dak'art Off, Dakar. Senegal

La forêt illuminée, representing Cameroon at Lumières d'Afrique: 15th festival des cinémas d’Afrique de Besançon, France

Emancipation Stories / Mémoires libérées traveling exhibition. Cameroon, Haiti, Antigua & Barbuda, Senegal, France.


Solo Shows (Selection)


2015

Emancipation Stories / Mémoires libérées artist-in-residence program, Gorée island and Saint  Louis, Senegal, 6 to 26 November.

Lumières D'Afriques, Théâtre National de Challot, Paris France, 4-24 November, 2015

Stories tellers: "Visages de masques" Bandjoun Station (museum and contemporary art center) Bandjoun / Cameroon.


2014

"08-08-1914 / 2014" exhibition “ça-me-dit martyrs” au Carré des artistes, Douala/ Cameroun

"In the name of the father, the son and the holy constitutional monarchy", Doual'art, Douala / Cameroon

 

2011

Totems to Haunt our Dreams. Bas les masques: Art contemporain africain, Guyancourt,

Totems to Haunt Our Dreams. Axis Gallery, New York City and New Jersey, in association with SPARCK and Submergedart.

  

2010              

Ces totems qui hantent les rêves des fils de Mamadou

SPARCK @ Institut Français Léopold Sédar Senghor  – Dakar / Senegal

SPARCK @ Point Blank Gallery / Drill Hall – Johannesburg / South Africa

CulturesFrance & SPARCK @ Médiathèque des Diasporas – Cotonou / Benin

 

2009

Rue Um Nyobé. Culturesfrance & Scu2 @ Traces Belleville – Paris / France

 

Les ombres enchantées. Liquid Project – Douala / Cameroun

 

2008

Face 2 Face. Doual’art –Douala/ Cameroun

 

2007

The Window of My Soul. Centre Culturel Français de Yaoundé – Yaounde / Cameroon

 

Ascèse. Agence Ascèse @ Doual’art – Douala / Cameroon

 

My Family Album 1. British Counsel – Douala and Yaounde / Cameroon

 

2005

N° 1234. Doual’art – Douala / Cameroon

 

2000

2006080700. Doual’art – Douala / Cameroon

 

1999

Visages de chaises. Alliance Française de Dschang – Dschang / Cameroon

 

1998

Présence. IFA – Mbalmayo / Cameroon

 

1997

My Own Dream. Antoine François ASSOUMOU Foundation – Yaounde / Cameroon

 

Group Shows (Selection)


2015

La forêt illuminée, representing Cameroon at Lumières d'Afrique: 15th festival des cinémas d’Afrique de Besançon,

African Artists for Development Fondation, Paris. 7-15 November 2015

1:54, London, Axis Gallery

Didier Schaub  as seen by artists. Tribute to Didier Schaub, Espace Doual'art, Douala / Cameroon


2014

RAVY : Rencontre des arts visuels de Yaounde. Yaounde/ Cameroon


2013

Cameroonian heroes,SUD Salon Urbain de Douala, Doual’art Douala/ Cameroon

MCV2 Art Bakery international exhibition, Doual’art, Douala / Cameroon


2012

Dak’art: Biennale de l’art Africain contemporain, Dakar / Senegal


2011

Bas les masques. Les Am’arts en Seine,  Guyancourt, France

Imag(IN)ing cities. Sparck @ Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Parkistan


2010

La pirogue céleste, SUD 2010. Doual’art, Douala/ Cameroon


2009

Focus 9 Africa. Scu2 @ Volsta Hall – Basel / Switzerland

 

Une vision contemporaine, acte 2. World Bank – Yaounde / Cameroon

 

2008

World One Minute Video and Literature. Beijing / China

Ornementation et abstraction dans la peinture bamoun. National Museum of Cameroon – Yaounde / Cameroon

Africa Now. World Bank – Washington, DC / USA

 

2007

Un certain regard. Cannes Festival – Cannes / France

 

2006

Dans JEUX il y a JE et EUX. Cercle Kapsiki @ MTN Foundation, Galerie Mam – Douala / Cameroon

Cent livres-objet pour Senghor. Atelier résidence –Toubab Dialaw and Ngaparou / Senegal

Cameroun:  une vision contemporaine. World Bank, Yaounde – Yaounde / Cameroon

Salon International de Zurich. Galerie Koussam – Zurich / Switzerland

Mygale Bleue. Galerie Koussam – Cannes / France

 

2005

Ars & URBIS. Doual’Art – Douala / Cameroon

 

2004  

The Last Pictures Show. Cercle Municipal – Douala / Cameroon

El Boustashy

EL MAX – Alexandria / Egypt

 

2003

Scénographies Urbaines, Galerie Mam, Douala / Cameroon

La rue congolaise. Atelier résidence – Brazzaville / Congo

Preveti. MSF and WHO – Geneva / Switzerland

Cameroonian touch. Doual’art – Douala / Cameroon

 

2002

Le 213ème Salon. Espace Auteuil – Paris / France 

Group show. National Museum of Cameroon – Yaounde / Cameroon

OFF. 5th edition of the Dakar Biennale – Dakar / Senegal

Right 2 Fight. Sarah Lawrence College – Bronxville, New York  / USA

Intérieur extérieur. Cercle Kapsiki @ Goethe Institute, Yaounde / Cameroon

De Douala à Berlin. 2 Y K Galerie Kunst Fabrik – Berlin / Germany

 

2001

La Bourse aux odeurs. Cercle Kapsiki @ Galerie Syndicat Potentiel – Strasbourg /France

Cabines de Relookage. Cercle Kapsiki @ Selestat Biennale – Selestat / France

Cercle Kapsiki group show. Galerie Ames d’Afrique – Strasbourg / France

 

2000

Travel Time. Cercle Kapsiki @ Galerie MAM – Douala / Cameroon

 

1998

Hors les murs. Boulevard de la Liberté – Douala / Cameroon

 

1996

Cameroon Art. Galeria Artémondo – Saronno / Italy

 

Iconoclas Master. Goethe Institut – Yaounde / Cameroon

 

1994

Festival National des Arts et de la culture – Douala / Cameroon

  

Scenography

 

2004 

El Boutashy (Scénographies urbaines). Gudran, Scur &°K and Cercle Kapsiki – Alexandria, Egypt

 

2002 – 2003

Scénographies Urbaines. Cercle Kapsiki an Org. Kapsiki Circle and Scur &°K – Douala / Cameroon

 

2001

Noirs Tout Couleurs Festival de cinéma et art visuel – Pointe-À-Pitre / Guadeloupe

 

Gilgamesh. Staged by Barbara Bouley, Théatre Gérald Philippe – St Denis, Paris / France

 

2000

Ekhaya. Staged by Barbara Bouley / Eyala Pena – Bonandale, Douala and Yaounde / Cameroon ; Mantes-la-Jolie (@ Collectif 12), Aubervilliers (@ Laboratories) and Loos en Gohelle (@ Culture Commune) / France

 

2000 – 1999

Eyala Pena – Bonendale and Douala / Cameroon

 


Publications & Talks


Talks

With D. Malaquais on “Totems to Haunt our Dreams” at the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art, Washington D.C. May 3, 2011.


Monographs

2011

Dominique Malaquais, Hervé Youmbi, Paris:  Editions de l’œil.

 

Articles

2015

“Stories tellers” Catalog of exhibition at Bandjoun station, Bandjoun/ Cameroun.


2014

"Arts et cultures d'Afrique. Vers une anthropologie solidaire" Under the direction of Myrian-Odile Blin.

Edition Press Universitaire de Rouen et du Havre (PURH), Rouen/ France

“CAMEROUN Une vision contemporaine 4”. World bank ; Yaoundé/ Cameroun


2013

“Into the vortex” By Dominique Malaquais  in ART SOUTH AFRICA magazine pages 54-59. RSA

2012

“Dak’art 2012”. Catalogue de la 10ème édition Dakar/ Sénégal


2011

Dominique Malaquais, “Racial France, Take II :  Hervé Youmbi”, Public Culture 23.

Dominique Malaquais, “Masques rebelles: Hervé Yamguen, Hervé Youmbi”, in M.O. Blin, ed., Vers une anthropologie solidaire, Paris, France:  L’Harmattan.

 

2010

Regard Bénin, Cotonou, Benin:  Ministry of Culture.

 

2009

Une vision contemporaine, acte 2, Yaounde, Cemroon:  World Bank.

 

2008

World One Minute Video and Literature, Rotterdam, Holland:  Lucette ter Borg.

 

Lionel Manga, L’ivresse du papillon » Lionel Manga, Chamonix, France :  Editions Edimontagne.

 

2007

Art Aborigène, Art contemporain d’Afrique, catalogue of an auction held at the Dosne-Thiers Foundation, Paris, France:   Gaїa.

 

Un certain regard, Cannes, France:  Galerie Koussam.

 

2006

Mygale bleue. Cannes, France:  Galerie Koussam.

 

8ème Salon international de Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Cameroun, une vision contemporaine, Yaounde, Cameroon:  World Bank.

 

Dans jeux il y a je et eux, Douala, Cameroon:  Fondation MTN.

 

Nicolas Bissek, Couleurs et toiles, Paris, France:  Karthala.

 

2005

Art convention, Douala, Cameroon:  Bonaprison Centre for the Arts.

 

Eté 72, Le Mans, France:  Centre Culturel de la Sarthe.

 

2004

The Last Pictures Show, Douala, Cameroon:  Gondwana.

 

2001

Ngone Fall et al., Anthologie de l’art africain du 20ème siècle, Paris, France:   Editions Revue Noire.

 

1999

Nicolas Bissek, Les peintres de l’estuaire, Paris, France:  Karthala.

 

Residencies (Selection)


2015

Emancipation Stories / Mémoires libérées artist-in-residence program, Gorée island and Saint. Louis, Senegal 6 to 26 November, in preparation for the traveling exhibition scheduled for May 2016.

Bandjoun Station, Residency for the creation of the installation Visages de masques. Bandjoun / Cameroon


2014

Bakassi peninsul’art, International workshop of artists from Nigeria and Cameroon in the fishing villages  of Limbé, Tiko and Edinao / Cameroon


2013

Master Class video 2, Art Bakery, Bonendale, Douala / Cameroon


2012

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Hirshhom Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC / USA

 

2011

Bag Factory, Johannesburg / South Africa

 

2010

 IAAB – Basel / Switzerland

SPARCK – Douala / Cameroon, Dakar / Senegal, Johannesburg / South Africa

 

2009

Cité Internationale des Arts – Paris / France

 

2008

ArtBakery – Bonendale / Cameroon

 

2006

Village de sable – Touba Dialaw / Senegal

 

2004

El Max – Alexandria / Egypte

 

2002 – 2003

New-Bell – Douala / Cameroon

 

1999

Alliance Française de Dschang – Dschang / Cameroon

 



Hervé Youmbi

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