Emmanuel Mbessé (1983, Swiss-DR Congo) live and work in Lausanne, Switzerland.
After an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking, he graduated in product design at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, ECAL, in 2009. He has focused his work on the reuse of his know-how as part of his artistic practice. The result is hybrid things, half-objects and half-paintings, which, through a basic formal vocabulary illustrate a kind of dialogue
between his own cultural references.
“La trace”, “les lieux-communs”, “le tout-monde”, as described by the writer
Edouard Glissant, animate this dialogue.
The titles of the works are in French, Lingala and English and refer to what,
according to him, participates in the perpetual renewal of his identity: encounters,
language, body, places, time, memories.