M:ST 10 Residency: Landry Mbassi

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M:ST's 10th Anniversary Biennial of embodied art practice takes place in September 2020! To celebrate, M:ST is connecting eight local and global arts organizations to host a series of month long residency exchanges leading up to the Biennial.

Gathering itself around specific histories, environments, identities, and bodies, the 10th Biennial will witness and consider “the local” in the context of entangled and interdependent global relations. Taking part are new friends and co-presenters, RAVY Bienniale (Yaoundé, Cameroun), Asiatopia (Bangkok, Thailand), Kamias Special Projects (Quezon City, Philippines), and Catalyst Arts (Belfast, N. Ireland), and old friends Stride Gallery, The New Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, and Untitled Art Society- all of whom have worked with us to curate an outstanding cohort of M:ST 10 Biennial artists! All eight artists will be sent on a fully funded Residency and provided with unique exploration and presentation opportunities based on their Residency location.

Landry will be hosted by M:ST in Calgary, and traveling throughout Alberta in 2020. Visit this page for residency updates, photos, and more.

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.

M:ST 10 Residency: Landry Mbassi


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