Owanto, 'What, Who, Where, Why are we?', 2012, Neon, plexiglass, edition of 3 + 1 A. P
100 cm, Courtesy of VOICE gallery
Owanto, 'What, Who, Where, Why are we?', 2012, Neon, plexiglass, edition of 3 + 1 A. P 100 cm, Courtesy of VOICE gallery 

Owanto is a multicultural Gabonese artist who grew up in Gabon, where she spent her formative years, and eventually moved to Europe. Working across a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation, Owanto’s projects reflect upon concepts of identity, transformation and the evolution of existence. She constructs her artistic ‘theatre’ by playing with figures and symbols, a sort of alphabet which allows her to tell stories of yesterday and today, and at the same time questioning the future. The concept of memory is the essential ingredient that allows the artist to perceive the possibility of constructing utopian ‘new worlds’ from the structure of the moment.

Owanto’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, CAC Malaga, Design Museum London, Marrakech Biennale 5 OFF, Dak’Art OFF, and EXPO Milano 2015, among others. She represented the Republic of Gabon at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2009), with a solo show in Gabon’s first National Pavilion.