N O M A D Gallery at VOLTA Basel, June 16-21, 2014 with Aimé Mpane

The work of Aimé Mpane (1968, born in Kinshasa, D.R.Congo) navigates through his personal and artistic experiences in Congo and Belgium’s post-colonial worlds. He bravely explores the relationship between identity and place in the aftermath of a painful history that continues to shape the two countries.
The artist received the 2012 Herbert and Dorothy Vogel award and recent museum acquisitions include The Smithsonian Museum of African Art and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Palm Springs Art Museum, CA, and the Brooklyn Museum, NY.

“I work on 0.0992 square meters of plywood made up of three compressed layers of wood comprised of different colors: light brown, white, and dark brown, which refer to human skin (also composed of three layers). By cutting into this skin with only a traditional African axe, I work like a woodpecker, picking deeper into the surface to express what oppresses my neighbors in Kinshasa.”


Available wood-carved portraiture: