Owanto is a British-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.
Selected exhibitions include Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (2013). In 2009, She represented the Republic of Gabon at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, with a solo show in Gabon’s first National Pavilion.