1994, lives and works Dakar, Senegal e Paris, France
Naomi Lulendo’s works are materializations of an interest in the misappropriation of words, meanings, objects, and identity. Her work encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and performance. Using the concept of “play” as a tool to shape and create hybrid objects, images, and texts, she observes the individual and collective, social and political implications of human mobility and cultural encounters. In her work, Lulendo explores the notions of screen and surface, which constitute both receptacles and windows on social phenomena and individual experiences. She inventories symbols and images of various geographical spaces through which she observes their representations and their relations to fantasized territories, often qualified as exotic. The body, as an intimate and social space, is also at the heart of Naomi’s preoccupations as she confronts the collective imagination and the construction of identity. The artist’s works are impregnated with her biography, made up of dialogues between her Congolese and Guadeloupean origins and of living between France and Senegal.
Lulendo is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris. In 2018, she participated in the raw académie 5. Her work has notably been shown at Galerie 31project (paris); Galerie Allen (paris) in 2019; Palais des Beaux-Arts of Paris; the 13th edition of the Biennale d’art Contemporain de Dakar; and Galleria Continua (Boissy-le-Châtel) in 2016.
Naomi Lulendo participated in the show Unfinished Camp@Pivô in 2022