Barthélémy TOGUO

  • Born 1967 in Mbalmayo, Cameroon
  • Based in Bandjoun, Cameroon and France, Paris

Barthélémy Toguo, whose work encompasses watercolor, wood sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance, and other media, takes a strong interest in the relationship between African countries and their former colonies, as well as the flow of immigrants and merchandise between them. His project The New World Climax is centered around large sculpted wooden seals inspired by immigration passport stamps. The outdoor installation Welcome involved chairs of varying sizes placed in a clearing along a forest trail leading to a waterfall—a thoughtful gesture by the artist offering immigrants and travelers somewhere to sit and rest. In 2008, Toguo founded Bandjoun Station, an art center located in Bandjoun, Cameroon that offers residencies to artists; he continues to manage its operations.

Selected Works

Paradise Is Now Palm Trees in Art, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany
A world view: The Tim Fairfax Gift, The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Deluge, Carré Saint Anne, Montpellier, France
56th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
An Afropolitan View, Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Water Dance, 2015
  • WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, UK
  • © Courtesy Galerie Lelong, Paris & Bandjoun Station, Cameroon