Em’kal Eyongakpa (b.1981)
Drawing on dreams and observations, Eyongakpa approaches the experienced and the unknown through an almost ritual use of repetition and transformation. He works with photography, video, sculpture, text and sound. His interwoven installations tend to obscure the boundaries between employed media.
“shamanism & a fraction of lens based media experiments might have a closer relationship than imagined in (im)material exploration…both present possibilities of enabling us see what is unseen by the unaided eye…” “rituals…every day rituals, rituals of power or violence, embedded in conditioning, repeated or transformed…not fixed – oscillating…”
His contribution to crossing-boundaries-of-doubt.net:
KHaL!LAND is a creative utopia… KHaL!SHRINE [an artist run alternative hub] is a consequence of this utopia. At KHaL!SHRINE we explore the visual arts but focus on lens based media, sound and multidisciplinary experimentation.
The KHaL!SHRINE project in Cameroon born from a basic need for a creative hub where young and practicing artists can exchange and experiment, was imagined to serve as a safe heaven for uncompromising creative minds; people whose main goal is to make art while staying as honest to their expression as possible. The space has art as its main philosophy evident by its permanent and visiting residents from different cultural and religious backgrounds bound together by the arts. This is in addition to the absence of galleries and/ art centers in the region with a permanent collection of lens based and new media artworks.