Barthélémy Toguo was born in 1967 in Cameroon. He lives and works between Bandjoun and Paris. Ecole Nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Abidjan, Ivory Cost. Ecole Supérieure d'Arts, Grenoble, France. Art Academy, Düsseldorf, Germany. Multidisciplinary artist, his works is exhibited worldwide. In 2008, he founded Bandjoun Station, an artist residence focusing on artistic exchanges located in the highlands of Western Cameroon.
Text courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.
The nomadic artist has spent years cultivating his craft. City to city, embracing identities and cultures and leaving remnants of himself behind; with every continent explored, iterations of those anthropological studies fortify his works further to cast bold socio political statements that resonate instantaneously.
It started with a passport. For artist Barthélemy Toguo, movement through the world was tethered to the small book he was required to carry when he traveled, within which his progress could be tracked at every border he tried to cross.
A rickety-looking wooden boat is piled high with overstuffed bags covered in colorfully patterned African fabrics. Hanging overboard: a collection of plastic teapot-shaped pots and gasoline cans. Instead of floating on water, this ark is adrift on an ocean of green glass bottles. The boat is actually a piece of art called Road to Exile, by the...
In the last year, stories about the global migration crisis have been at the forefront of our news feeds and especially in the work of Cameroonian artist, Barthélémy Toguo. In his exhibition, showing at the Parrish Art Museum until October 14, Toguo addresses the migrant and refugee crisis; specifically, the desire of young Africans to escape in...
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