«TOZONGA» presented by L’ART SUFFIT for Black History Month.
Last February, our friends from L'ART SUFFIT took over OTH-Plateau to present their first exhibit named «Tozonga» as part of Black History Month.
L'ART SUFFIT presented 3 pieces created by Montreal based artists Aimé Mbuyi, David Durham & Amélia Hadouchi, as well as a curated selection of traditional. Congolese clothing and accessories.
«Hommage à Grand-Père» by Aimé Mbuyi
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and having grown up in Quebec, Aimé Mbuyi is an artist influenced by these two cultures, as he questions the issues of the Canadian black diaspora of yesterday and today. Through his art, he studies the notion of usefulness and uselessness of subjects and he experiences the dialogue between materials.
«This artwork is inspired by my grandfather who sacrificed everything for my family to get us out of the village of Nguema in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Canada, in order to give us a better future. Through this work I wanted to pay him a special tribute because, when I think of Black History month, I think of him. The portrait on the back of the garment represents my grandfather and the words "NDEKO ZALA SPORTIF" is the title of music by a former great singer of Congolese Rumba and Soukous who is called Franco Luambo and, this music is turns out to be the favorite of my grandfather and me».
«Hidden Voices» by David Durham
David Durham is a Montreal-based artist, whose works explore materiality across interdisciplinary practices including drawing, painting and fibre art. His oeuvre focuses on historical and familial narratives through various mediums to investigate the lens of black identity.
The cultivation of coffee imbues cultural links to the slave trade where slaves played a significant role in the coffee market in Colonial Brazil and abroad. The piece entitled, "Hidden Voices" serves as a historical and personal analysis of Durham's perspective regarding this history as being untold or disregarded by society. However it is an homage to the lives that were risked to producing such commodities that we consume in today's world.
«ORIGINS» by Amélia Hadouchi
Born in Montreal, Amelia (né Amélie Hadouchi) was introduced to the arts at a young age. Following her passion, she started attending painting workshops at the age of 9 and never stopped. While sharing her creations on social networks, she was discovered by a gallery in Miami who invited her to exhibit her artworks during Art Basel 2015 festival, her very first exhibition. Since then, her artworks have been collected internationally.
Inspired by the fluidity of natural forms, Amelia’s large-scale works are hypnotic; it’s hard to convince yourself that her paintings aren’t moving before your very eyes. Travelling is an important part of her artistic process, as she integrates the vibrational energy of the places she visits into her work. Focused on freedom and positivity, the details of her aesthetic draw the viewer into the canvas and into themselves. Her most recent series named ORIGINS, is a duality between flow and structure. Using African symbols as a nod to her north African heritage, this series is a reminder of the importance of never forgetting where we come from.