Elijah. Portraits from the Salon, Queer Salon Prix Utopi·e, May 2023


Photoworks is delighted to introduce Elijah Ndoumbe as our inaugural artist in our Digital Residency programme. A Digital Residency is a new element of the Photoworks digital programme with the aim to showcase for a month, the multifaceted aspects of an artist’s work and practice.

This month we introduce you to Elijah Ndoumbe,  a multidisciplinary artist, storyteller, dream-weaver, and collaborator. They engage lens-based work as a practice of care that is capable of producing a radical-care-politic in community, in collaboration, in collective production and in intentionality. Feelings of breath, body, space, desire, music and movement are key elements to their process of image-making.

In 2020 they were a mentee for the Berlin-based Forecast Forum where they developed a multimedia food-based project and installation focusing on Franco-Cameroonian legacies of cooking and community via familial recipes and processes of making. Their work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival (2022) and won awards at both NewFest (2021) and the Durban International Film Festival (2022).


© Elijah Ndoumbe and Maëlle Chabrillat Eboumbou, from Code Switching


Ndoumbe was a 2021 artist in residence at Black Rock Senegal, and exhibited photographs paired with sonic soundscapes at the 2022 DAK’ART Biennale as part of Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock 40 exhibit. They exhibited at the Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennale (2022-2023), participated in CPH:LAB via CPH:DOX (2022-2023), and exhibited work as a winner of art prize Utopi·e at the Magasin Generaux in Paris, France (2023). They are a recipient of the 2023 Bourse ADIAF Émergence, were announced as a finalist for the 2023 Robert Giard Grant for Emerging Photographers, and are a participating fellow in RAW and Doual’art Session 10 Académie on the theme of Landmarks in Douala, Cameroon (October 2023). They are currently in development on a project with artists between France, Senegal, and the US.



Discover Elijah Ndoumbe's work here

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