July 14, 2012 - Salzburger Kunstverein - Yonamine: No Pain
July 14, 2012

Yonamine: No Pain

Yonamine, Untitled, 2012. Inkjet Print, 135 x 90 cm.*

No Pain

19 July–16 September 2012

Press preview: Wednesday, 18 July, 11am
Opening: Wednesday, 18 July, 8pm
Artist talk: Thursday, 19 July, 8pm

Salzburger Kunstverein
Hellbrunner Straße 3
5020 Salzburg, Austria
Hours: Tue-Sun, 12–7pm
Hours CaféCult: Mon, 9–5pm;
Tue–Fri, 9–11pm; Sat, 9–3pm


The Angolan artist Yonamine works with painting, drawing, graffiti, photography, video, and other media, such as tattooing, and brings them together in installations that fill entire rooms. As a whole, we might describe Yonamine’s works as diaries or even archeological research. He unites a series of situations that oscillate between the past, the present, and a possible future, offering a concept of time that escapes limitation. Like the language of a Reggae DJ, his work brings to mind the concept of rewinding, of a close tie to the past, while being based in the present.

The way he constructs his works (like a puzzle) and their process of random accumulation and fragmentation can tell us a great deal about our own situation, how we all have fragmented identities, like broken mirrors. Constantly versatile, fragile identities that are subjected to many different types of violence.

Yonamine is presenting a selection of his most important pieces from recent years at the Salzburger Kunstverein for the first time in Austria. He is also developing a large-scale installation for the Salzburger Kunstverein’s main hall.

Yonamine was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1975. He lives and works between Lisbon and Luanda. Initially due to the Angolan war, and nowadays according to his own will, Yonamine constantly moved between Zaire (present Democratic Republic of Congo), Brazil, Angola, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. He has participated in several international exhibitions, among them the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, 2010; the 9th Sharjah Biennial, 2009; the 10th Havana Biennial, Kuba, 2009; Transverse, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas, 2008; Check List Luanda Pop, 52nd Venezia Biennale, Afrikanischer Pavillon, 2007; Replica and Rebellion, Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador, 2006.

Information & Photomaterial
Michaela Lederer, communication and curatorial assistance
lederer [​at​] salzburger-kunstverein.at / T +43 (0) 662 842294 15

*Image above:
Yonamine, Untitled, 2012. Inkjet Print, 135 x 90 cm. © Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon.

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