Josèfa Ntjam is an artist, performer and writer whose practice combines sculpture, photomontage, video and sound.
Drawing analogies between cosmic, geological and mental processes, Ntjam draws raw material for her work from biology, mythology, science fiction and photographic archives, reworking history from personal and minoritarian narratives.
In particular, she uses assemblage – of images, words, sounds and stories – as a method for deconstructing the grand narratives that underpin hegemonic discourses on origin, identity and race.
Ntjam’s major upcoming projects include :
- LVMH Métiers d’Arts residency (Paris) “RE/SISTERS : A Lens on Gender and Ecology”.
- Barbican Center (UK), October 5 to January 14, 2024
- “Mater, Gone, Wild”, Fondation Pernod-Ricard (Paris), from November 14, 2023 to January 27, 2024
Josèfa Ntjam was born in 1992 in Metz, France, and currently lives and works in Saint-Étienne, France. She studied in Amiens, France, and Dakar, Senegal (Université Cheikh Anta Diop), and is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges, France (2015), and the École nationale supérieure d’art de Paris-Cergy, France (2017).
Josèfa Ntjam has already benefited from numerous solo exhibitions in several institutions, including Fondation Pernod-Ricard, Paris, FR (2023, forthcoming); Underground Resistance – Living Memories, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK (2022) ; When the Moon Dreamed of the Ocean, FACT, Liverpool, UK (2022); and we’ll kill them with love, CAC La Traverse, Alfortville, FR (2022); and Allegoria, duo exhibition with Kaeto Sweeney, Hordaland Art Center, Bergen, NO (2019).
Ntjam’s work and performances have been presented in international museums and exhibitions, including Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, FR (performance, 2023); LUMA, Arles, FR (performance, 2022); Centre Pompidou, Metz, FR (2022); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (performance, 2022) ; MAMC+ – Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne, FR (2022); Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, USA (2022); Radius CCA, Delft, NL (2022); Mucem, Marseille, FR (2021); Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbonne, PT (2022), Africamuseum, Tervuren, BE: Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, Bordeaux, FR (2021), MuCAT – Musée des Cultures Contemporaines Adama Toungara, Abidjan, IC (2022); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2020-21); Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (2020); WIELS, Brussels, BE (2020); MAMA, Rotterdam, NE (2020); the 15th Lyon Biennial, MAC Lyon, Lyon, FR (2019); and Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2019).
Ntjam is a member of the Paris-based art and research collective Black(s) to the Future : https://blackstothefuture.com/
Ntjam’s works are part of several public collections, including MAMC+ – Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne, FR ; Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap), Paris, FR ; Fonds d’art contemporain – Paris Collections, FR ; Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, FR; FRAC MECA Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Bordeaux, FR; FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, FR; FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, FR; EIB Institute, Luxembourg; and Artothèque de Strasbourg, FR.
« Here, our rebellions will be the songs that bring us tomorrow. Our bodies, droplets, will seep into linear history and shift it from its course. »
Josèfa Ntjam, Aquatic Invasion, 2020