Mámbáy bebhɛp 43t / besáŋ berat / bakay nɛkɔ
IMMA, Terrace of the Formal Gardens
EVA International are delighted to announce the second iteration of Em’kal Eyongakpa’s presentation titled Mámbáy bebhɛp 43t / besáŋ berat / bakay nɛkɔ, commissioned through Encounters an EVA International & IMMA Partnership 2020 – 2022 for the 39th EVA International. Presented as part of IMMA Outdoors until 1 August 2022, this immersive sonic installation, draws on the artist’s interests in the two-way relationship between oral culture and the natural environment. For this project recordings of lullabies, chants, laments, poems and folk songs have been gathered between Southeast Nigeria, Southern Cameroon and Ireland, as well as processions and intersessions between the Gulf of Guinea and Western Europe, with contributions from refugee settlements, displacement camps, and rural communities. The interwoven sound composition can be heard and felt within Eyongakpa’s installation; both played aloud for listeners, while simultaneously transcribed to create a layered, physical experience of vibrations which ebb and flow across a custom-built platform for people to engage and connect with. Encounters 2020 – 2022 has been made possible with the generous support of Mondriaan Fund.
Em’kal Eyongakpa lives and works in South West Cameroon and Amsterdam, Netherlands. His work has recently been exhibited at the Jakarta Biennale (2017); the 13th Sharjah Biennial (2017); La Biennale de Montreal (2016); the 32nd Bienal de Sao Paulo (2016); 9th and 10th Bamako Encounters (2011, 2015); 10th Dak’art biennial (2012); and several other museums and exhibition centres around the world.
More than the reverb
A series of parallel events titled More than the reverb are programmed in response to Mámbáy bebhɛp 43t / besáŋ berat / bakay nɛkɔ, inspired by Eyongakpa’s recordings. The series gathers together poets, singers and storytellers to share and interweave lullabies, chants, laments, and folk songs, both ancient and contemporary. These offerings originate primarily from the oral traditions of Ireland, Southeast Nigeria, Southern Cameroons, the Gulf of Guinea, and Western Europe, layered with more contemporary readings around ideas of landscape, nature, displacement, and diaspora.
More than the reverb is choreographed as a session-like and informal series of events, sited in the open air along the museum’s Terrace within view, and earshot, of Eyongakpa’s sonic installation. Co-programmed by guest curator Caimin Walsh, this event series is part of the EVA International & IMMA Partnership 2020–2022, IMMA Outdoors and the museum’s Late Nights programme for 2022.Back