Bili Bidjocka

Bili Bidjocka is a Cameroon born African Contemporary Artist best known for his installations and sculptures. He was born in Douala, Cameroon, and lives in France since the age of 12, he works in Paris, Brussels and New York City.

Born in Cameroon in 1962, it was not till 1975 that Bili Bidjocka and his family move to Paris where he studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. In 1985, Bili Bidjocka co-founder of the Parisian underground association Les Frigos, aiming to support creative talent. Starting in 1994, as an artist and as a curator, he works on several cultural projects and in 1995 he co-founded and directed the contemporary Art Center the Matrix Art Project in New York, a platform of production and experimentation. Between 1998 and 2007, he supervises the Matrix Art Project contemporary art center in Brussels, where he lives in those years. In 2007, Bidjocka moves back to Paris.

Bili Bidjocka’s works consist of art installations, sculptures and conceptual projects. After a period of painting, he realizes installations adopting writing as an integral part of his work. His work acts like a puzzle, a riddle that gives the artist the answers he needs about the sense of his art. Cameroonian processions and ceremonies characterize his work, adopting metaphors to make the artist think about loss and absence, on the one hand, and about ecstasy and suspended desire, on the other.

Bili Bidjocka has attended numerous collectives and he has shown in the Biennale of Johannesburg (1997), Havana (1997), Biennale Dakar (2000), Taipei (2004) and Venice Biennale (inside Check List – Luanda Pop, 2007 curated by Fernando Alvim and Simon Njami); he has exhibited his works in the New Museum of Contemporary Art of New York City and in the exposition Africa Remix (Düsseldorf, London, Paris, Tokyo, Johannesburg, 2005–2007).

Bili Bidjocka – Room of Tears
Bili Bidjocka – Room of Tears © Mutual Art

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