On Longing

Anthony Ngoya, Mandy Franca

30 May – 20 July, 2024
Festive Opening on Thursday 30 May, 17–20 hrs. Part of Amsterdam Art Week 2024

Special Event during Amsterdam Art Week

Curators talk ‘On Longing: Capturing a Memory’
With Mirelva Berghout (co-curator Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)
Saturday 1 June 2024, 16:00—17:00

Mandy Franca, E Yabi di Claridad, 2021 | Oil pastel, wax pastel, soft pastel on a Giclée print | 139 x 111,5 cm | Unique

The exhibition ‘On Longing’ brings together the work of artists Mandy Franca (1989, NL) and Anthony Ngoya (1995, FR). Both artists explore the concept of collective memory and its role in shaping individual and communal identities. Their work communicates the complex intergenerational emotions of longing and nostalgia by layering materials and mediums. 

Anthony Ngoya, Eyes 1, 2022 | Scanned photo transferred to repurposed linoleum panels on wood, aluminum | 40,5 cm x 30,5 cm | Unique

Drawing from sources personal and collective such as family albums, personal archives, press, construction debris or urban scraps, the artists observe the meaning of mundanity and give value to seemingly insignificant places and objects. Franca investigates the preservation of languages, traditions, and domestic settings in the face of digitalization and globalisation, while Ngoya focuses on the construction of memory through processes of layering and diffusing images and materials.

Mandy Franca, Faded Connections, 2019 | Oil pastels on a Giclée print | 158 x 121 cm | Unique

Anthony Ngoya weaves strips of dyed textiles and found images into sculptural assemblages and transposes them onto found everyday objects or industrial debris. His ambiguous and amorphous compositions tackle unconscious structures and feelings through unexpected intimacies. Ngoya investigates how you can understand memory and identity as experience. Mandy Franca’s work interests at painting, print, drawing and collage using the photographic image as a recurring element. Franca’s work is an ongoing investigation into the notion of interconnectedness. She is linking individual experiences to communal contexts, highlighting the fundamental role of care in our shared humanity.

How can layering various materials in painterly and photographic sculptures transform them into carriers of intergenerational emotions and collective memory? The exhibition communicates the complex feelings of yearning and nostalgia associated with existence in a cross-cultural environment.

Anthony Ngoya, Eyes 3, 2024 | Scanned photo transferred to dyed textile, acrylic, spray paint, aluminium, wood | 40,5 cm x 30,5 cm | Unique

BIO Mandy Franca
As a multidisciplinary artist Mandy Franca (1989, NL) researches the influence of the digital realm on artefacts, mundanity and the influence of migration. Her work is an ongoing investigation into the notion of interconnectedness, drawing from growing up in a cross-cultural environment and personal archive. The artist researches and observes the meaning of mundanity to give eternal value to seemingly insignificant places and objects. Mandy Franca is currently a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2022-2024). At the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, she will participate in an extensive group exhibition opening in October 2024. Past exhibitions of Mandy Franca include a.o. Harlesden High Street, London (UK); Saatchi Gallery, London (UK); Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (UK); Night Café, London (UK); Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) and White Columns, NY (US). The work of Mandy Franca is part of a growing number of private collections.

BIO Anthony Ngoya
Anthony Ngoya (1995, FR) is a French artist who lives and works in Belgium and the Netherlands. He currently is a resident artist at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Nagoya’s practice engages with residues of collective memory, emotional archive, and diasporic longing. The artist draws from personal and collective sources such as family albums, press archives, construction debris, and urban scraps. Through various processes of layering and diffusing images, objects, and materials, Ngoya investigates the construction of memory and identity. Anthony Ngoya graduated from La Cambre Brussels with a Masters degree in painting. His past exhibitions include a solo presentation in London at Yamamoto Rochaix and group presentations at Kanaal Pompidou, Brussels (BE); De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL); Marres, Maastricht (NL); Woonhuis /De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL); The Constant Now & S.M.A.K. Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp (BE); Transplantation, Paris (FR); Communitism, Athens (GR); Bureau des Ogres, Brussels (BE); De Studio, Antwerp (BE); The Constant Now & S.M.A.K. Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp (BE) and O19, Ghent (BE). The work of Anthony Ngoya is part of the collections at MACAAL – Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden in Morocco and O19 in Belgium, as well as a growing number of private collections.