Born in Angola, 1979.
Lives and works in Luanda / Angola and London / UK.
« Research is the central feature of my artistic practice. I am interested in exploring ideas of home and self, reflecting on my historical upbring and the globalized cultural sphere.
Seduced with the parallel between fiction and reality as my practice itself has this ambivalence to it, that creates the intersection to exploring the subjects around the body and its representation which occur within the increasingly globalized and cross-cultural dimension, that allows me to engage with sculpture, textile, performance, sound, video, photography, and installations. »
Project Gallery of Small Things for Dak’art
Curated by Bisi Silva, Dakar, Senegal
Organized by Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda, Angola,
St. JORGE ISLAND
Curated by Paula Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Luanda, Milan, Lisbon, London, Porto
Project by Goethe Institute for Doual’art, Douala, Cameroun
Curated by Suzana Sousa, Paula Nascimento, Hangar CIA, Lisbon, Portugal
Curated by Jens Hoffman and Kelly Taxter, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA
AFRICA NOW BY DESIGN INDABA
Curated by Paula Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Cape Town, South Africa
Januario Jano explores the opposing notions of modern pop culture and traditional practices through performance, photography and textile. The chosen media are part of a more articulate vocabulary used by the artist to create his grammar: material defines since the beginning the outcome of the work either on an aesthetical point either on the narrative.
The body plays a pivotal role as the main motif and leads the way to link between the present and past to build up the historical narrative. Living among Lisbon, London and Luanda - three totally different cities, representing at a glance the past, the present and the future - has a direct effect because each place puts selected seeds: Luanda is the mother country and is functional to get what he needs to develop the narratives and to explore the physical, emotional and rational connection to it; London and Lisbon give him the speed to get things done and feeds him with different ideas and inspirations.