Barthélémy  Toguo


Mbalmayo, Cameroon, 1967.
Lives and works between Paris and Bandjoun. Studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Abidjan, Ivory Coast; École Supérieure d’Art, Grenoble; Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Recently, Toguo has had solo exhibitions at BALTIC Center for Contemporary Arts, United Kingdom, and at 2008 Art Brussels.

About Toguo's work

Barthélémy Toguo’s art, which spans performance, installation, sculpture, painting and printmaking, engages personal and political geographies in the context of global migrations and cultural confrontations. Toguo is interested in individual perspective as it is bombarded with information and difference, and many of his works trace travel or transitions that bring new experiences and generate new narratives.  He uses accumulations of objects and images to present these intersections, with his own drawings and paintings often incorporated as playful counterpoint. Indeed, his works are often theatrical and whimsical (freely drawn figures, oversized ordinary objects) if to underscore optimism and human potential. Their obvious facture also draws attention to their made-ness, to the artist’s presence as narrator as well as subject, and to the multiple simultaneous narratives that exist in the printed materials that surround us.

Project Description

A project well suited to installation in different places, Heart Beat examines the usefulness of information while proposing new imaginaries that enhance, contradict or reinvent. Responding to what he sees as information overload, Toguo, working with students, has marked up pages of the local newspaper to alter the local public discourse and narrative “of record,” to remake and reclaim it as something personally meaningful.

Heart Beat (Philadelphia), 2008/2010
Marked newspapers, printed cardboard, digital prints

*Photo credit: Greenhouse Media

More Info

On view at Temple Gallery
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 782-2870