08/04/2022 - 16/05/2022

New Work - Painting

Ludovic Nkoth - Transferred Memories (Work No Dey)

Born in Cameroon, Ludovic Nkoth (b.1994) moved to the United States at the age of 13, he now lives and works in New York. TRANSFERRED MEMORIES (Work No Dey) presents a new body of work distinguished by Nkoth’s fluid expressionism, using family portraits and scenes of daily life in Cameroon as his subjects.

Nkoth’s works are personal pieces; his process reconnects him with his family and his country of birth. However, the paintings are also reflections on the broader social and political issues within Cameroonian history, such as the African diaspora and colonialism. Taking inspiration from his family photo albums, the artist paints truthful portraits, which he calls ‘honest paintings’, where his subjects are free from exaggeration and embellishment.

The portraits depict not only the subject but the personal relationship which the artist has with them. Despite growing up with them, the artist had not seen many of the subjects for over ten years, in these paintings he is trying to capture ‘the memories that we hold together’. While the works explore the artist’s own feelings of nostalgia for the country and family he is apart from, this physical and temporal distance and detachment has given Nkoth a different perspective of the challenges and lack of opportunity which those in Cameroon face; particularly regarding the educational system and lack of career options.


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