Fredric Snitzer Gallery presents a selection of works by contemporary artist Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, whose works deal with portrait formats and draws on subjects from neighborhood photographic studios.
Ategwa’s large-format paintings mimic the scale of cityscapes and public space and explore modes of self-representation in today’s Cameroon, where he lives and works. Both style and composition-wise, his work reminisces a recall for African black and white photography from early as the post-independence era.
Douala is Cameroon’s largest city. The city has had many foreign influences in its history, and more recently a significant influx of migrants from neighboring countries. This makes Douala a vibrant and colorful metropolis serving as inspiration for Ategwa’s works. The paintings
Ategwa was born in 1988 in Kumba, Cameroon. His work has recently been acquired by the Perez Art Museum Miami. Previous exhibitions include Peres Projects, Berlin, and the Cameroon National Museum, curated by Simon Njami.
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 2nd, 12:00 – 4:00 pm