Barthelemy Toguo | the artist
The artist Barthelemy Toguo
Born 1967, M'Balmayo, Cameroon.
Lives and works in Paris, Düsseldorf and Bandjoun, Cameroon, .
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Barthélémy Toguo's art is motivated by socio-political issues, focussing on themes of migration, location and identity…
In an era of global exchange, Barthélémy Toguos work reveals the absurdity of borders, whether psychological, familial, or territorial. He uses drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and video to reflect upon the places and people he encounters through his numerous travels…
Barthélémy Toguo was born in Cameroon in 1967 and studied Fine Art in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He moved to Europe in 1993 and began exhibiting and doing performances while finishing his studies in Grenoble (France), then Dusseldorf (Germany). Political geography and personal boundaries have been an implicit subject in his studio work and an explicit one in his performances…
Toguo makes imaginative use of the full spectrum of media available to him, combining painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video and performance, usually displayed side by side within a dramatised space. In these circus-like installations, he is a ringmaster, and his artworks are made to perform and surprise in unexpected ways. They can tease and tantalise, disturb and seduce. The overall theatrical display encompasses humour, anxiety, the absurd and the erotic; it is discursive and expansive, resisting classification or reduction to single narratives. The phallic and feminine can be entwined, his intention can be certain and contradictory, he can be the joker and the critic…