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Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga and Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga longlisted for the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2016

October Gallery is delighted to announce that artists Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga and Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga have been longlisted for the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2016. Both artists are represented by October Gallery London.

The longlist was announced on 15th of June 2016. This will be followed by the announcement of three finalists on 5 August 2016 who will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in New York on 26 September 2016 where category winners will be announced.

The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations.
The winner in each category will receive a prize award of $40,000 and will also be featured in a post event magazine and videos profiled on ft.com. Shortlisted runner- ups will receive $5,000.
For more information  about the FT Emerging Voices  Awards, https://live.ft.com/Events/2016/FT-OppenheimerFunds-Emerging-Voices-Awards.


About the artists
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga will present his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom at October Gallery, London, from 30th June to 30th July, 2016.  A private view will be held on 29th June 2016. He is one of the most exciting young artists working in Africa today. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1991, he trained at the Kinshasa Academy of Arts and has founded the dynamic Congolese art collective ‘M’Pongo’, representative of the creative vibrancy to be found in modern Kinshasa.

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Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga first exhibited at October Gallery, London, in 2013.
The artist grew up in Kenya. She first studied art at the University of Nairobi, Kenya before continuing her studies at UCLA, USA. She now lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. Gakunga has displayed works in numerous exhibitions in the USA, France, Brazil and Poland and major art fairs around the world.

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For more information about the artists, please contact:  Alana Pryce Tojcic or
Fraser Brough at press@octobergallery.co.uk . Tel: 0044 (0)2072427367

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Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
30th June – 30th July 2016

October Gallery, London, is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition of new works by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga. This will be the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery, and his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom. A private view will be held on 29th June.

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga is one of the most exciting young artists working in Africa today. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1991, he trained at the Kinshasa Academy of Arts and has founded the dynamic Congolese art collective ‘M’Pongo’, representative of the creative vibrancy to be found in modern Kinshasa.

In his present series ‘Mangbetu’, Kamuanga Ilunga has explored the predicament of the Mangbetu people, a warrior culture known for their highly developed art and music, whose existence is being threatened by a desire to modernise.  The DRC is the world’s largest exporter of coltan, a raw material used in computer chips and mobile phones, and Kamuanga Ilunga pays equal reference to both this modern industry and the traditional culture of the Mangbetu, bringing their vibrant fabrics, symbolic objects and daily rituals into confrontation with the digital imagery of the present day. His paintings possess a monumental quality that is both heroic and elegiac, with a striking and sophisticated interplay of intensity and emptiness, two and three dimensions, and Congolese pattern painted as European drapery.

Kamuanga Ilunga’s work has been exhibited across Africa, notably at DakArt; Biennale OFF Senegal in 2014, and made its London debut at the Saatchi Gallery’s Panagaea II in 2015. The enormous excitement around the 24-year-old artist at London’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in 2015 and at New York’s Armory Show in 2016 was compounded by an article in the FT’s How to Spend It, which employed his work ‘Lost’ to represent The Best of New York Armory 2016.

Event: Artist’s Talk-Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga: Saturday 2nd July, 3.00 pm at October Gallery.

Join artist Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga for an in-depth discussion about his new body of work with independent curator and consultant Gabriela Salgado Entry: Free.
Reserve a place on Eventbrite: http://eddykamuanga.eventbrite.co.uk


Please contact  Alana Pryce Tojcic or Fraser Brough at
press@octobergallery.co.uk . Tel: 0044 (0)2072427367

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