Born in the Central African Republic, in 1973, Hervé Youmbi lives and works in Douala. A passion for drawing and painting led him to attend the Institut de Formation Artistique (Institute of Artistic Training, IFA) of Mbalmayo, Cameroon, from 1993 -1996. Here he discovered his affinity with installation art. It is during a brief time at the École des Arts Décoratifs of Strasbourg from 2010-2011, that he produced his first videos. As a result, his artistic process began to focus, to a greater extent, on both multimedia installation and work involving urban public spaces.
Hervé Youmbi draws his inspiration from history, especially that of his country and the African continent, denouncing both Cameroon’s colonial past or recent dictatorial regimes. His interest in introspection and the search for identity has led him to portraiture, which is at the heart of all his work.
As a teacher at the Nkongsamba and Foumban art schools, Hervé Youmbi contributes to the development of the Cameroonian art scene. He is a founding member of the Cercle Kapsiki, a collective group of five visual artists and scenographers from Douala, founded in 1998, which also provides a cultural exchange space, the K Factory. This space serves as a resource center for young artists.
He has taken part in numerous exhibitions and is frequently an artist in residence. In 2009, he received the “Visas pour la création” grant and, in 2012, the prestigious Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.
La forêt illuminée, 2015, Video, 3’31
As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.
All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.
We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.
As we know today, the speed of implementation of measures to protect people on a collective scale is critical in the future fight against the impact of this virus.
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