Artist: Masela Nkolo | Location: Atlanta, GA
Dancing with the Masks
January 19 - March 8, 2024
For Masela Nkolo, failing the course of sculpting during his first year in art college allowed him to confront his identity as a Congolese and reap the benefits of his heritage. Afterward, Masela quickly joined his friends in an art movement in the streets of Kinshasa. Together they called their movement “Neo-Ngongism.” They started out exhibiting in the streets with the goal of awakening the consciences of the population through the arts. Nkolo’s syncretic pieces blend traditional and contemporary African elements, drawing inspiration from his Congolese heritage. He transforms materials like oil lanterns and screwdrivers into sculptures that represent the historical and contemporary identity of Congo. His work aims to manifest ancestral characteristics, celebrating African pride and resilience.
Join us for an opening reception on January 19th from 6-8PM. Following the reception, Jones-Carter Gallery will be open Tuesday – Saturday from 11AM to 5PM. Admission is free.
Masela Nkolo is a multidisciplinary artist who resides in Atlanta. He was born in Kinshasa, Congo where he graduated in fine arts with an emphasis in large-scale sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts.
His work has previously been exhibited at various galleries such as Johnson Lowe Gallery and MOCA, Atlanta, GA; the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; and ArtFields, Lake City SC. In 2022 Masela was awarded a juror’s choice at MOCA, GA in the biennial. Most recently, he received distinguished awards such as the ArtFields Exhibition Award.Artist Website