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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

ARTISTS


Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

Born in 1991, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga graduated from the Institute of Fine Art, Kinshasa in 2009. He then joined the Academy of Fine Arts, Kinshasa but soon sought emancipation from the Academy in establishing the studio "M'Pongo", a collective of young artists in Kinshasa looking for a creative and individual style.  At the same time he took part in several exhibitions in the DRC and abroad, including an exhibition at the French Institute Gallery, Brazzaville, Congo, and Dak'Art OFF, Dak'Art: The Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Senegal, 2014.

Kamuanga draws from the structural complexity of his hometown and revisits the traditional culture of the Mangbetu people. Referencing different forms of advertising and photography as well as traditional aesthetics, his paintings are an amalgam of complementary pop cultural forms, including music, fashion and dance. They offer an intelligent approach to popular culture by exposing the anxieties and joys of his contemporaries. He has exhibited most recently at Saatchi Gallery, London as part of Pangaea II.

In association with Gabriela Salgado

Exhibitions

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
The Armory Show 2016
1:54 2015
Limited Edition Prints

Oubliez le passé et vous perdez
les deux yeux
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Archive

False Memories

Reconnaissance II

Duty of Memory


Untitled


Oubliez le passé et vous perdez
les deux yeux

Identity Victim

Lost

Abandonnés


Reconnaissance


Influence

To Deny the Value of Cultural Identity

No Identity, No Evolution


Esika na ngayi (My Place)

Liboke

Tambour II

Untitled


Palm


   
Eddy Ilunga Kamuanga
(Born in 1991 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Education
2009   Graduated from Esfora High School, Kinshasa, (D.R.C.)
Selected solo exhibitions
2016    Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, October Gallery, London, UK
2015   Bala Bala (Street), Kinshasa, DRC
Selected group exhibitions
2016   African Perspectives; Armory Show, New York, USA
Afrik’Expo, The Nomad, Libreville, Gabon
2015   Miroir – Effacement, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK
Entre Nous, Espace Lylas, Kinshasa, DRC
Focus Africa, Summa Contemporary, Madrid, Spain
Pangaea II, New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2014   YANGO Biennale OFF, Biennale of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, DRC
Congo(s) esthétique en partage, au-delà de la Géographie, Les Ateliers Sahm, Brazzaville, Congo
Dak’Art Biennale; Dak’Art OFF, Dakar,Senegal, Curated by Bill Kouelany
2013   Master Art 1, Kin Art Studio’s space (KAS), Kinshasa, DRC
2012   Le monde des flamboyants, Banque TMB, Kinshasa, DRC
French Institute Gallery, Brazzaville, Congo
Congo(s) esthétique en partage, au-delà de la Géographie, Les Ateliers Sahm, Brazzaville, Congo
2009   Festival international des étoiles, Kinshasa, DRC
Other activities
2014   “Master Art 2” workshop at Kin Art Studio’s space KAS, Kinshasa,(D.R.C.)
2013-14   Artist Residency at M’PONGO’s space, Kinshasa, (D.R.C.)
2013   “Master Art 1” workshop at Kin Art Studio’s space KAS, Kinshasa
(D.R.C.)
2012   Rencontre International D’art Contemporain  at Ateliers Sahm, Brazzaville,
(Congo)
    Workshop with the Art critic Eddy Delvoder, Kinshasa, (D.R.C.)
2011   Workshop “Sneaker’s Art’’, Kinshasa, (D.R.C.)
Collections
Charles Saatchi
TMB Bank
Fondation Gervanne et Matthias Leridon 
   
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