Landry Mbassi is a visual artist, curator, and art critic based in Yaoundé, Cameroun. As an artist, his practice focuses on photography, video, installation, and new media. Since 2008, he has been one of the curators of RAVY (Rencontres d’arts visuels de Yaoundé), Yaoundé’s visual art biennial. There he has recently been named Artistic Director, after inheriting the position from Olivier Fokoua.
Landry initiated the YaPhoto project and is a founding member of Collectif Kamera, a collective of young Camerounian photographers that began in 2011 to promote photography as an art form in its own right. Through his first collective ATAC (Other Territories of Contemporary Art), created in 2010, he developed an engaging new space for the expression, creation, and dissemination of contemporary art in Yaoundé. Landry has also organized several exhibitions by emerging visual artists at the French Institute (Institut Français du Cameroun – Yaoundé) including: Rostand Pokam: L’esthétique de la Couleur (2012); Yvon Ngassam: Le temps du voyage (2013); and Antanasius Vershiyi: Me-n-tal symphony (2014).
In May 2017, he curated the inaugural exhibition of the renovated Galerie d’Art Contemporain in Yaoundé. He was recently invited to Brazzaville, Congo to curate the 8th edition of RIAC (Rencontre internationale de l’art contemporain). His current project is Itinérances efferverscentes, a new visual arts festival supported by Ruinart that aims bring new audiences and gazes to Cameroun.