Joel Mpah-Dooh

Joel Mpah-Dooh enjoys international critical acclaim with his paintings and multi-media works. He studied in Amiens (France) School of Fine-Arts. He lives and works in Douala, Cameroon, Joel Mpah-Dooh is preoccupied with experimentation in his work. He is inspired by the tactile reality of his environment though he is mostly an inner traveler. He works on paper, canvas, corrugated iron and recently acrylic sheets, while incorporating earth, paints, clay, packaging, wood and chalk. His technique involves scratching.

Joel Mpah-Dooh explores the fragility of individual human identity and how we reinvent ourselves whist moving and evolving in the city. He suggests that in the process, this delicate “self” takes control through conflict with society and its institutions while drawing on history and destiny, as well as relationships.

Joel Mpah-Dooh was a visiting artist at the Bag Factory in Fordsbury, Johannesburg. Some of his exhibitions include Rendezvous, which was the highlight of the 2006 Dakar Biennial of African Contemporary Art in Senegal. He also participated in Connections, an exhibition organized by the MTN Art Foundation in 2001, alongside William Kentridge, Kendell Geers and Samuel Fosso. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Cameroon, Austria, Senegal, France, Cuba, Lebanon, Kenya and the United States.

During the 2018 edition of Dakar biennial, he showcased his work alongside other prestigious artists, on Gorée Island, for an exhibition by Fondation Dapper.