Auburge du Boulot Noir by Boris Nzebo

Auburge du Boulot Noir by Boris Nzebo


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This mini - print was produced for the Pangaea exhibition which opened at the Saatchi Gallery April 2014

The work is by the artist Boris Nzebo who was born in 1979, Port-Gentil, Gabon 
He lives and works in Douala, Cameroon.


Print dimensions: 35.6 cm x 27.8cm

Image dimensions: 23.5 cm x 20.5cm

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Boris Nzebo's multilayered paintings and collages conjure the visual complexity of his home town Douala, the largest city in Cameroon. 

Drawing inspiration from urban culture, Nzebo concentrates on the elaborate hair styles of men and women, which become inseperable from urban architecture as he lays his subjects on top of buildings a street scenes. 

Inspired by the hand -painted advertisments found in West African beauty parlours, the heads embody the intimate relationship between individuals and the places they inhabit. The psychological experience of hectic city life is evoked, by forcing the private, interior space of the self to merge with the public, exterior space of the street.

Douala has a multi-faceted visual fabric where many contemporary trends face the city's past, most notable in modern and traditional dress codes, and in graffiti and advertising on historical buildings. The unpredictable and resiliant nature of such diversity is at the root of Nzebo's practice, which captures the city inhabitants' drive to fill every space with colour and energy.

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