Angel Ihosvanny Cisneros (Ihosvanny)
Born in Mexico, Angola in 1975, “Ihosvanny” is a self-taught artist and member of the so-called Movimento dos Nacionalistas, a visual arts movement in Angola. His practice comprises painting, video, and installation, which he uses to apprehend the physical chaos and psychic experiences of urbanism. He is part of the new generation of Angolan artists born in the wake of the country’s independence. Luanda’s cityscape provides a constant source of material for Ihosvanny’s work: scenes of disorder and arrest are transmuted and synthesized into a reflective visual lexicon. Dividing his life and practice between Barcelona and Luanda, Ihosvanny’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, New York (2014); Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador (2012); the 11th Havana Art Biennial, (2012); the Luanda Triennial (2010, 2007); and the African Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), among others. Today, Ihosvanny divides his work between Luanda and Barcelona. This will be his first time participating in the 1:54 Fair.
MOV’ART has served as an interlocutor and promoter for contemporary art in Angola since 2014. The gallery initially operated as a ‘pop-up’ concept, producing mobile exhibitions of Luanda-based artists in iconic locations across the city, and abroad. In early 2017, having conceived 16 exhibitions in this format, MOV’ART Gallery opened a permanent space in Luanda, and now programs exhibitions of works by African contemporary artists on a monthly basis. The gallery’s mission centers around destabilizing stereotypes by showing a side of Angolan culture that is little-known beyond the continent. For their first participation in 1:54, MOV’ART Gallery presents a body of work by the Angolan artist Ihosvanny, curated by Kiluanji Kia Henda.