Djakou Kassi Nathalie I Cameroon
“I’m trying to see beyond utilitarian work. I want people to see beyond pots mugs and dishes, I want people to put their eyes inside my works instead of putting flowers. I used common shapes to create sculptural potteries because clay is so kind lovely malleable, obedient, and easy to be manipulated. I’m trying to challenge myself every day and I’m still very hungry to create and discover other sides of the clay.”
Djakou Kassi Nathalie was born in Cameroon in 1975 but currently lives and works in Nigeria since 2015.
Nathalie studied ceramics for three years at the ‘Institut Samba Superieur’ on a full scholarship. She has been inspired by art since her childhood and started studio practice very early after her university studies in 1998. The same year, she was also an instructor in the only art school of central Africa in Mbalmayo in Cameroon where she succeeded to introduce the “Matrial Technology” course.
In 2004 she was employed in Centre d’Art Appliqué of Mbalmayo in Cameroon as a ceramist and as chief manager of the ceramic studio. In 2011 was vice president of the craft Association of her local government for 3 years.
She worked with many renowned artists and obtained many distinctions, awards and prizes in and out of Cameroon including the first African prize of creativity of international salon of art craft of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso in 2012, was also one of the 100 winners of the Union Bank art competition for their 100 years anniversary and also participated in a collective exhibition during Women International day in March 2018 at the Wheatbaker hotel.
In June 2019 she was the artist of the month at Thought Pyramid Art Center Lagos for” Mentoring Moments.
Deus ex femina, Group exhibition, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, UAE and Online Artsy
International ceramic symposium of Changchun, China
Online exhibition, “Be real black for me”, Madlozi Art Gallery
SAY MY NAME, Signature African ART Gallery, London, UK
Free will, Bonartproject online exhibition
Femmes (Women), International Women’s Day Exhibition, Alexis Galleries, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
The Contemporaries, Group Exhibition, Alexis Galleries, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Signature Art Gallery, SOGAL AUCTION, Acquire, Modern & Contemporary African Art
Faces and Forms, Group Exhibition, Exhibition Pavilion, Abuja, Nigeria
Material Time, A Collective Exhibition of Sculptures, Rele Gallery, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria
STASIS, Three Artists Exhibition, organized by SMO Contemporary @Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Beyond Function 2, Joint Exhibition with Ato Arinze, Quintessence Gallery, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
First Ibadan Affordable Art Fair, Ibadan, Oyo State
October Rain, Society of Nigerian Art Lagos State Chapter, Thought Pyramid Art Center, Ikoyi Lagos, Nigeria
International Women’s Day Exhibition, Organized by SMO Contemporary, Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Telling African Stories, WACO, Nigeria Craft Competition 2017, Exhibition of Winning Entries, Yusuf Grillo Gallery, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Vision In Clay, Group exhibition of creative Ceramics, Moorhouse Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Oreze 5, Annual Ofala Exhibition, Onitsha, Anambra State
Provenance, Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Thought Pyramid Art Center, Ikoyi Lagos, Nigeria
October Rain & New Frames, Society of Nigerian Artists (Lagos and Rivers State Chapter), Annual Juried Exhibition, October at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and November at Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria
Beyond Function 1, A Joint Exhibition with Ato Arinze, Alliance Française at Moorehouse Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
New Frames, Society of Nigerian Artists (Rivers State Chapter) Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Exhibition at COTCO, Douala, Cameroon
CEMAC group exhibition at National Museum of Yaoundé