May 4, Issa Nyaphaga Talk and Performance, 6pm Tipton Hall

SFAI Artist-in-Residence, Issa Nyaphaga, will give a talk about his work with the non-profit organization he founded, Hope International for Tikar People (HITIP). Following the talk, Nyaphaga will do a performative painting piece with the accompaniment of live, local musicians as part of his “Urban Way” philosophy.

Issa Nyaphaga was born in Douala, Cameroon (central Africa) in 1967 and grew up in the small village of the Tikar tribe, called Nditam, in the very heart of Cameroon’s equatorial forest. As a child of the fields, Issa was in contact with the earth and nature through artistic practice. “As a young artist, it wasn’t enough to be what I was. I needed to do more, getting involved in something significant and crazy”, Issa said. After High School, Issa started working as a political cartoonist and reporter in a weekly satirical newspaper, Le Messager Popoli. His opposition to the political regime in Cameroon, led him to several trips to jail in 1994 for his publications.

Issa currently divides his time between Paris and the United States where he shares his work and advice with students and young artists. Issa also has been working on the development of a philosophical concept called “Urban Way,” in which he paints his body and stages live performances that include live music. It is an act of protest against not being able to return home freely. Since early 2008, Issa is co-directing “Return to the belly of the Beast” a documentary project with Nicoletta Fagiolo.

6pm Tipton Hall
Entrance: Any comfortable donation

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