Using a mixed-media interdisciplinary approach, Djuneid Dulloo ́s work focuses on the link between creolized forms, entangled aesthetics, and the representation of hybrid realities. A Mauritian-born artist, who left the Mascarene island as a teenager to attend High School in Kenya, Dulloo studied fine art in college in Boston. Based in Berlin since almost a decade, his distinct work today qualifies him as a powerful transnational artist who brings together Creole, African, and Western imaginaries and cosmologies.
While his paintings and photography express the overlapping of multiple geographies, temporalities, and cultural identities, Dulloo’s breakdown of formal categories, epistemological taxonomies, and mainstream aesthetic historiographies, not only echoes the heterogeneity and cultural diversity of his native island; it also foregrounds creolization as a creative practice—a methodology for performing transcultural exchange—that produces unpredictable connections, and crosses both physical and imaginary borders.
BORN 1983 in Pamplemousses, Mauritius.
Lives and works in Berlin and Mauritius.
BFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts &
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Exchange: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France.
Ed.M. Arts in Education, Harvard University
2019 (upcoming 10/2019) Dock 13, Port Louis, Mauritius
2018 Executive Suite, Long Beach Mauritius, Belle Mare, Mauritius
2018 Djuneid Dulloo: Revenant. Charisschwarz, Berlin, Germany
2015 Inscapes. Friedrichstrasse 123, Berlin, Germany
2014 X. Lipopette, Berlin, Germany
2011 Dulloo+Grimaldi. Zugabe!, Berlin, Germany
2007 De L’Amour et de la Mort. IBL Gallery, Port-Louis, Mauritius
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Transformation, with Label _ENGST, Gallery Malina, Berlin
The Weinmeister Hotel, Signature Room, Berlin, Germany
Borderline(s): 30 Contemporary Indian Ocean Artists, The Granary, Port Louis, Mauritius
Dock 13, The Third Dot, Port Louis, Mauritius 2018
30 Contemporary Artists, EAF, Berlin, Germany
Current Mauritian Photography, The Third Dot/Roche Bobois, Mauritius
Holy Whores. Big Head Studio. Berlin, Germany
From one citizen you gather an idea. National Pavilion of Mauritius,
56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Daddy you can’t make a cactus, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany
All the pretty girls. The Cellar Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Die Neue Form. ID Studios, Berlin, Germany
Kaum III, Raum 18, Berlin, Germany
This info is not available in your country. Kaleidoskop, Berlin, Germany
Peer to peer. Tete, Berlin, Germany
Drawing Connections. Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
New works from the Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
The Awakening. Galeria Espelde Mardaras, Bilbao, Spain
Before the rain. Galeria Esther Monturiol, Barcelona, Spain
Favela Chic, with Havaianas & John Galiano, Chapelle des Beaux Arts, ENSBA, Paris, France.
THE THIRD DOT in Mauritius
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SHOW REVIEW: REVENANT
BERLINER ZEITUNG 05.04.18
MAURITIUS IN MITTE by Ingeborg Ruthe
Djuneid Dulloo has, without a doubt brought some sun soaked colors from the Indian ocean all the way to cloudy Berlin. Mauritius sounds like the piercing blue sky reflected in the sea, giving its name to a popular stamp from the colonial era. But he also paints in shrill reds, greens, a yellow reminiscent of the sun, and pink. Born 1983 in Pamplemousses, and now teacher at the Cosmopolitan School in Berlin Mitte, Dulloo blends his fantastic colors with a subtle collage technique. He layers his paint, so that the actual motif seems to disappear. Traditional symbolism signs and patterns of an ancient and to us exotic culture blend with the everyday life of the Western society determined by consumerism. Those worlds seem to penetrate each other as they compete without leaving out the irritation and pain that come with such battle. Dulloo’s images shine, they are vivid, and raw. Lines curb, forms break and oppress one another. One recognizes the inspired observer, the hungry cosmopolitan from the far away island who soaked up western art like a sponge without having dismissed his cultural inheritance. Many of his paintings remind one of the afro American Jean Michel Basquiat, who left us too early. Dulloo’s work plays with lines, signs, language and rhythm. He also likes repetition of forms, sampling, and scratching.
Translated by Julia Milz.