Barbara Evina in conversation with aaimba.
Barbara Evina is a Cameroon born French artist who is based in Berlin since 2019. Her art is a means of self expression mixing personal biographical memories, experiences and dreams through different art forms and materials like drawing, painting and sculpturing. She thereby uses her art as an introspection interrogating and reconnecting to her younger self and her Cameroonian roots. Barbara Evina was born in Mbalmayo, a small city in the south of Cameroon. At the age of seven she moved to France together with her mother and younger sister living in different cities. Growing up in a white majority society she was confronted with severe discrimination and racism informing her desire to create art especially for Black and women of color representing them simultaneously. It was her family life with her mother and sister which made her feel belong and the Cameroonian cuisine cooked by her mother bringing back the memory of her native country and making her feel at home. From a very young age Barbara Evina has been passionate about art and drawing, sketching in her school notebooks and the walls of her home. Her enthusiasm for experimenting let her start painting with acrylic on different undergrounds like canvas and fabrics and using materials like clay as an outlet for her inner thoughts, conversations and her creative energy. Through her artwork she processes her life experiences while merging reality and dreams questioning the status quo, finding her way out of adversities, and moving on with confidence
Editor: Anigo Badiane
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Dennis Rudolph in conversation with aaimba.
"An old-fashion cyborg," this is how the Berlin-based conceptual, experimental multi-media artist Dennis Rudolph describes himself. In his work, he fuses painting techniques, the style, and its colours of the baroque era with augmented virtual reality creating his very own recognition factor. Born and raised in Berlin his talent was identified early as he was a very skilled drawer. Starting by creating comics he always knew he wanted to study art. It was by chance he was recommended the Repin Academy in St. Petersburg while traveling all over Germany visiting different art schools. While being in Russia he created his portfolio which later offered him the possibility to pursue his further studies at UdK in Berlin. He was always strongly influenced by the baroque era of the 16th century until falling into a deep existential, artistic crisis which manifested as a lack for ideas for new topics. He did not believe in what he was doing anymore. Not knowing what to paint was as if he did not exist understanding his very own existence as being an artist. He decided to go to desert. California City became his destination of choice where he wanted to create an updated version of Rodin's sculpture "The Gates of Hell", but failed. It was virtual reality which saved him. He found a new outlet to merge present and absent at the same time, offering a possibility to his desire to combine and have heaven and hell interchanging. He could create one side of the portal inside virtual reality while bringing the other side materialized on canvas. He now developed his technique further by painting in virtual reality, looking for interesting angles and perspectives on details from his artworks and transmitting them into paintings. In a last step he links the physical and the virtual through an application offering the viewer an entrance to the virtual dimension. As a result, his works are a transformational play between an analog reality and a digital cosmos.
Editor: Anigo Badiane
Watch full conversation with: Dennis Rudolph