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Ambroise Ngayimoko

Born in 1949, Angola.
Lives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.



In 1961, Ngaimoko moved with his family to Kinshasa. There he worked as a mechanic, then as a technician for an open-air cinema, before he became an assistant to his uncle Marques Ndodão in 1968, who ran two photo studios, and who gave him a Yashica 6x6 camera.
It was in Kitambo in 1971 that he opened the Studio 3Z, a named picked to symbolise the three Zaïres: the country, the currency and the river. Young people who came to the studio remember it because of the constantly changing backdrops.
He gained recognition in the course of the 1970s due to an unprecedented technique, in which he developed two portraits on the same sheet, using the same negative twice.
This cult of cloning is reminiscent of the rites performed for a lost twin.
In the full swing of "Zaïrization" there was a shortage of 6x6 black & white film and, with the eventual arrival of color film, Ngaimoko lost his clientele.
He resigned himself to using the format 24x36 to make his identity-based work.
In 1997, he renamed his studio 3C (for the three Congos).

 

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Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele,

Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko

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Author : Textes de Thomas Bayet, In Koli Jean Bofane, Michael De Plaen, Frédéric Lomami Haffner, Nancy Rose Hunt, Jean-Christophe Lanquetin, Elikia M'Bokolo, André Magnin, Dominique Malaquais, Pedro Monaville, Bob W. White et entretiens avec de nombreux artistes
Editor : Édition Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
2015

PRESS


Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Marché de l'art: voici l'Afrique contemporaine

Huffington Post

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By Jérôme Stern

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09.08.2016
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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

André Magnin,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Marché de l'art : voici l'Afrique contemporaine

Le Huffington Post

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By Jérôme Stern

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09.08.2016
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Steve Bandoma,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Monsengo Shula


Fondation cartier traces the creative spirit of the democratic republic of the Congo

Designboom

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By Suhei Senda

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19.12.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko


Beauté Congo 1926-2015, Congo Kitoko : la dernière expo de la Fondation Cartier à ne pas manquer !

Artsper blog

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By Hélène Planquelle

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05.10.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

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Congo Power

Diptyk

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By Marie Moignard

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01.10.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko


Beauté Congo : loin des clichés, la fabuleuse créativité de l'Afrique

France TV1ère Outre-Mer

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By Philippe Triay

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01.09.2015
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Jean Depara,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Pathy Tshindele


París repasa la transformación artística del Congo

El Mundo
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04.08.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo, les couleurs en rythme

Le Figaro

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By Valérie Sasportas

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03.08.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula


Expo : oh le beau Congo !

Huffington Post

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By Jérôme Stern.

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31.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


90 ans d'art congolais à Paris : quels talents !

Gala

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By Juliette Serfati

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26.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


De la colonie belge à la RDC, splendeur de l'art congolais

Le Monde

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By Philippe Dagen

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18.07.2015
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Kinois, etc.

Les Inrockuptibles
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15.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


L'art contemporain en Afrique. Voyez Beauté Congo (1926-2015), à la Fondation Cartier

Evous

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By André Balbo

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13.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

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Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

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Beauté Congo : le dynamisme de l'art congolais

TV5 Monde

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By Amélie Revert

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12.07.2015
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Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko


Beauté Congo 1925-2015

Le Vif
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19.06.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo

The Wall Street International Online
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18.06.2015
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