born in Mauritius. Currently lives and works in Berlin.
Remixing a wide range of languages, both from art history and popular culture, Djun’s work exhibits a vigorous use of textural color and bold, sensual gestures.
An “energetic combination of artists like Matisse, Jean Michel Basquiat and De Kooning ”, his aesthetic plays between the figurative, the symbolic and the abstract. This energy is psychically rooted in his natal “paradise island” of Mauritius where an intense diversity of cultures broil.
Within his practice of painting, text and photography, one witnesses the story of an islander who went on to inhabit various intricate layers of cultures around the globe. A sense of where one is from informs his work which is beautifully haunted by what he calls the “cacophony of identity”.
Djun has been making art with young children in Berlin and Nairobi in the past decade, and represented Mauritius at the 56th Venice Biennale.
Djuneid, Don't Be Rude Now. Text by Mh´la Ncube.
The works of Djuneid Dulloo, as seen at the Venice Biennale, in the Mauritius Pavilion and the Berlin Art Week have been bruising walls with their visceral jolt. Each work is fully formed (The Palace of Memories), the canvas is stretched to its limit, the frame is struggling to hold it all, the colors are at the very edge of their breaking point (The Flash) and if there are any figures, they are hanging on by a thread, a fraction from obscurity (Vice).
His works are characterized by the foetal quest to exist whether there is any room for them or not. He dabbles in mixed form art, drawing current, colonial and classical influences, darting from the obscene (Last Supper) to the downright sublime (Killing the Moment). His use of color sears your heart. His is a world where the abyss, forever black, unfortunately so, squares off with a biting, close-to-destruction white background and nothing but optimism permeates (Untitled [Gaza]). Perhaps the most poignant quality of these works currently doing their rounds is the glaring omission of conformity within the art form.
These are singular works by a man battling with past, present and future demons, Western in guise, African in form (Kafka's Dream). Whether he personally triumphs with each work or not is not the issue. What's important is what we, pariahs, judges and two-bit zealots stand to gain from it. We, after all, demand, deserve the very best his artistry has to offer. As long as he continues taking these bold swings, he can descend into madness, solitude or eccentricity and we would just be fine with it.
After all, his art is the only thing we are interested in. And by God, we'll get our fix one way or the other, Goddamnit. God be damned if we don't. Work away, Dulloo, thin away young man, we are waiting on you. Don't be rude now. It's not right to keep your public waiting.
Text by Mhla Ncube Playwright
- The Third Dot
Contemporary Mauritian Photography, Roche Bobois, Mauritius
- Berlin Art Week
Ex-Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
- Mauritius Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, International Contemporary Art exhibition, Venice, Italy.05.05. - 22.11.2015.
- X, Lipopette, Warthestrasse 9, Berlin
- 12x12, The Cellar Gallery, Berlin
- All the Pretty Girls, The Cellar Gallery, Berlin
- Selected Works, Lipopette, Berlin
- Daddy you can't (..) , Grimmuseum, Berlin
- Die Neue Form, ID Studios, Berlin
- Das Baumhaus, Fluxbau, Berlin
- Kaum III, Raum 18, Berlin
- This Info is not available in your country, Kaleidoskop, Berlin
- Peer to peer, Tête, Berlin
- Dulloo+Grimaldi, Zugabe!, Berlin
- Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena
- New works from the Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
- Opening And Closing Now, Beacon Estate Gallery, Somerville, USA
- De L’Amour et de la Mort, IBL Gallery, Mauritius
- The Awakening, Galeria Espelde Mardaras, Bilbao
- New Paintings, Bioversity International, Rome
- Before the rain, Galeria Esther Monturiol, Barcelona
- Annual Show, Grossman Gallery, Boston
- Favela Chic, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris
- School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston /
- Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts /
- Massachusetts College of Art and Design
- Harvard University, Arts in Education