MICHÈLE MAGEMA

Born in 1977 in Kinshasa (CD)
Lives and works in Tours (FR)

Michèle Magema is an interdisciplinary artist, working mainly with video, performance, photography and drawing. Her artworks focus on articulating a permanent exchange between individual stories, collective memory and History. Walking the line between the limits of personal experience and shared collective anxieties, she draws on her own stories and souvenirs to approach themes such as feminism, sociology, politics, and mythology. The exploration of her feminine identity, displaced through time and memory, reflects the image of a woman completely detached from exoticism. Michèle Magema, who left Kinshasa for Paris when she was six years old, situates herself within an intermediate zone between North and South. She questions the world through a perception hybridized by her culture of origin and her country of adoption. The artist often presents a critical view of the multi-layered forms of exploitation and oppression in Africa and underlines the relations between continuous violence, natural resources and corruption.

 


 

[READING LIST]

To learn more about Michèle Magema’s practice, here are a few articles, interviews and videos about her work:

 


“Exhibition ‘Fiction Congo’: Michèle Magema on dialogue and encounters”, Museum Rietberg Zürich, 2020


“Kongo Remix, 29 Feb 2020, Performance/Lecture by Michèle Magema”, Museum Rietberg Zürich, 2020


“Suisse : des artistes congolais s’emparent d’archives coloniales”, TV5MONDE Info, 2019

COLLECTIONS

Tervuren Contemporary Collection, Brussels (BE)

Museum Rietberg, Zürich (CH)

Artothèque Villeurbanne, Villeurbanne (FR)

Sindika Collection  (AO)

Dokolo Collection (AO)

SOLO SHOWS

2018

L’arrosoir, On Colors/ Michèle Magema, Nevers (FR)

2016

Entre deux / Michèle Magema « dessins et installations, Galerie des Chapelains, Nevers (FR)

2015

Michèle Magema CCF – 4 th Lubumbashi Biennal, Lubumbashi (CD)

2014

Interstices, Galerie Saro Léon, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (SP)

2011

Michèle Magema the triptych, Jean-Marc Patras Gallery, Paris (FR)

2007

Overseas stories, Doual’art, Space Douala (CM)

2004

Der soziographishe blick 1.1 – Michèle Magema, Kustraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck (AU)

2003

Singularité / Plurielles – Michèle Magema & Laurence Nicola, Kaywon Gallery, Kaywon (KR)

2002

Observatorio # 6 – Michèle Magema & Tiago Borges da Silva, Camouflage Space, Brussels (BE)

GROUP SHOWS

2019

Fiction Congo, Museum Rietberg, Zurich (CH)

The garden of forking paths, Galerie OVO & GaleriaSaroLeon, Tapei (TW)

Young Congo Biennale, Transition, Kinshasa (CD)

Dr. Fox Medecin.e non conventionné, L’atelier des Vertus, Paris (FR)

Tramway Film Festival, Glasglow, Slotland (UK)

Congo Stars, Kunsthalle Tübingen (DE)

Kokela, PhillipsGalery, Antwerpen (BE)

2018

Congo Stars, cur. Barbara Steiner, Opening Africa Museum, Permenent Collection, Brussels (BE)

I’m What I’m, cur. Julie Creen, IciGallery, Paris (FR)

2017

SUD (Salon Urbain de Douala), cur. Cécile Bourne-Farell, Doual’art Art Space, Douala (CM)

Young Congo – Nouvelle Génération d’Artistes Congolais, Institut Français, Kinshasa (CD)

AFIAC Des Artistes chez l’habitant – Frontières effrangees, FIAC, Paris (FR)

Selling the shodows to support the subsistance, cur. Ingrid La Fleur & Anaya V Jackson , CGallery, Milan (IT)

Afriques capitales, cur. Simon Njami, Gare Saint-Sauveur, Lille (FR)

Lucy’s eye, cur. Orlando Britto, CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (SP)

Afriques capitales, cur. Simon Njami, Gare Saint-Sauveur, Lille (FR)

2016

Selling the shodows to support the subsistance, cur. Ingrid La Fleur & Anaya V Jackson , Cape Town (ZF)

SUD (Salon Urbain de Douala), cur. Cécile Bourne-Farell, Doual’art Art Space, Douala (CM)

L’iris de Lucy, cur. Orlando Britto, Musée départemental de Rochechouart, Rochechouart (FR)

An age for your own making, cur. Bonaventure Soh Ndikung, Roskilde, Copenhagen (DK)

Dakar Biennal « La cité dans le jour bleu », cur. Simon Njami, Dakar (SN)

2015

4th Lumbumbashi Biennal « Réalités Filantes », cur. Toma Muteba, Museum of Lumbashi, Lumbashi (CD)

L’Afrique a du genie, cur. Ghitha Triki, Espace Actua, Attijarawafa Bank Foundation, Casablanca (MA)

2014

Where we’re at : Other voices and gender, Summer of Photography, cur. Christine Eyene, BOZAR, Brussels (BE)

Sentimental Final Act, cur. Elise Atangana, Revue Noire Gallery, Paris (FR)

Time is Love.7, cur. Kisito Assangni, Talmart Gallery, Paris (FR)

Afrikadda Women Film Festival, Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Paris (FR)

2013

Traces de femmes, ici et demain, cur. Mustapha Romi & Michèle Desmottes, Villa des Arts, Casablanca (MA)

Toiles de lumières, collection Saro Leon, cur. Orlando britto, Casa Africa Las Palmas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (SP)

Still fighting ignorance & intellectual perfidy vidéo art from Africa, cur. Kisito Assangni, Pori Museum (FI)

2012

1st Casablanca Biennal, Casablanca (MA)

Africa Africa, Contemporary Art Center, Mymac (FR)

Sureel Congo Kinshasa la ville des images, Art museum of History and Culture, Dortmund (DE)

Still fighting Ignorance & intellectual Perfidy Vidéo art from Africa, cur. Kisito Assangni, Contemporary Art Center, Moscow (RU) ; Art Museum Torrance, California (US) ; Lucca Museum, Lucca (IT) & Gallery Arena &, Los Angeles (US)

2011

Cologne OFF, Cologne International Video Art Festival, Köln (DE)

Un certain cercle de regard, Cité Internationale des Arts Gallery, Paris (FR)

2010

Month of photography of Vienne, Repicturing History, Espace Denise, Vienna (AT)

Dakar Biennale, Perspectives / Rétrospective, Dakar (SN)

A collective diary an african contemporary journey, Contemporary Art Muséum of Herzliya, Herzliya (IL)

2009

Panafrican festival, cur. Nadira Laggoune, Alger (AL)

Parade & procession here comes everybody, Parasol Unit, London (UK)

16th Internation Art Video Festival, Casablanca (MA)

Notes from the empire, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresde (DE)

2008

Flow, Studio Art Museum in Harlem, New York (US)

Le jour se lève, cur. Myriam Odile Blin, ESC Rennes School of Business, Rennes (FR)

The messenger, Cultur Center BRGGE, Bruge (BE)

The cinema effect, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (US)

Distrito la regenta, cur. Orlando Britto, La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (SP)

On procession, IMA, Indiannapolis (US)

2007

Africa remix, National Art Gallery, Johannesburg (AF)

Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn (US)

SUD (Urban Salon of Douala), Space Doual’art, Douala (CM)

7th Bamako African Photography Biennale, cur. Simon Njami, Bamako (ML)

Lelo lobi, Centre Wallonie de Bruxelles, Paris (FR)

Black Paris, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth (DE)

2006

Biennale de la Havane, Havane (CU)

Dakar Biennale (OFF), Unesco, Dniel Langlois Foundation & Dak’Lab, Dakar (SN)

Des hommes sans histoires?, Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (FR)

2005

Africattitudes, Michèle Magema & Cheikh Niass, Maison du Livre, de l’Image et du Son, Villeurbanne (FR)

5th Bamako African Photography Biennale, diffusion project, Cultural Center of Teheran, Teheran (IR)

2004

Biennale de Dakar, Dakar (SN)

Beautés Afriques@Nantes, Le lieu unique, Nantes (FR)

Les Afriques, Tri Postale & Espace 251 Nord, Lille (FR)

2003

Biennale Photographique de Bamako, Bamako (ML)

Rencontres A3, Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris (FR)

PRIZES

2014

Yango Biennale IFAA Prize, Kinshasa (CD)

2004

Dak’Art Award, Dakar (SN)

RESIDENCIES

2009

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR)

2002

Kaywon University, Seoul (KR)