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Minimal Habitat by Serges Demefack

Opening Reception on Friday, December 7, 2018
On view through January 17, 2019


In his new series MINIMAL HABITAT, Montclair-based artist Serges Demefack explores and draws lessons from architectural forms of basic living spaces seen throughout the developing world.

In his work, Demefack uses a mix of techniques and concepts drawn from the magico-religious conception of space in the Bamiléké Grassfield area of Cameroon in Central Africa. MINIMAL HABITAT is inspired by the artist’s memories of the one room shack where his grandfather, a traditional healer, stored ingredients and treated patients.

Increasingly, small living spaces are simultaneously seen as symbols of poverty in the global south while they are embraced as badges of environmental consciousness in the “west” where “downsizing” and “minimal living” are the new normal. Some of today's key building materials and forms come from some of the most modest places on Earth. Demefack’s work captures this world in transition. Using a range of simple construction materials such as gypsum board, pencil, plaster, and paint, he tells a human story while challenging our understanding of living spaces. He believes that as the world makes progress, what was once of second order will become fashionable and sought after.

Opening Reception
Fri, Dec 7, from 6–7pm
Preview the exhibition, meet the artist, and enjoy wine and French snacks. Free!

Fri, Dec 7, from 7–9pm
Practice your French (all levels) and make new friends at Rendez-Vous, our monthly wine and conversation evening. Free for FIAF Members / $5 for Non-Members. Learn more.

FIAF Montclair
7 North Willow Street, Suite 7
Montclair, NJ 07042


About the Artist

Serges Demefack was born in Cameroon and lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his family. He studied law and global governance and is an advocate for improving immigration policy worldwide. His work has been exhibited in Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Image: Green Extension and Township Duo, Minimal Habitat Series, 2018


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