In this video, Toguo discusses the role of the artist as one who asks the questions or points to the problems.
Born in 1967 in M’Balmayo, Cameroon, Barthélémy Toguo currently lives and works in Bandjoun, Cameroon, and Paris. Togou studied at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; l’École Supérieure d’Art de Grenoble, France; and Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany. Working in drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and performance, Togou’s art addresses issues related to identity, exile, cultural relevance, and politics with provocation and humor. In 1999, Toguo founded the Institute of Visual Arts in Bandjoun. His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, including “Heart Beat” at the Centre for Contemporary Art, New Castle (2008); “The Sick Opera” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2004); and “Pure and Clean” at Institute of Visual Art, Milwaukee (2003), among others. Toguo’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London (2008); Third Guangzhou Triennial (2008); Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008); and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007), and others.