Born in 1969 in Kabwe, Zambia, Emmanuel graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa in 1994. In 1997, The Ampersand Foundation made him the first recipient of the Ampersand Fellowship, New York, USA.
His first solo show in 2000 opened at the Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa and in 2002 he was awarded first prize for Air on the Skin, in the Sasol Wax in Art Competition, Sasolburg, South Africa.
Emmanuel employs various media, including photography and film, to reveal layered visions concerned with his identity living in post-apartheid South Africa... Read more
I would like to say that I try to portray the body as a site of metaphorical and literal struggle; and that I explore the way mental and physical landscapes interact in their construction of memories and identity. I would like to say that I am committed to deconstructing limiting cultural assumptions concerning masculinity. But the truth is there is no such cleverness. My explanations are all retrospective... Read more