Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon, born 1967) 'You are not supposed to park here'
Lot 6* W
Barthélémy Toguo
(Cameroon, born 1967)
'You are not supposed to park here'
Sold for £ 6,731 (US$ 8,644) inc. premium

Lot Details
Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon, born 1967)
'You are not supposed to park here'
signed and dated 'B. Toguo 2004' (lower right); inscribed with title (lower left)
watercolour on paper mounted on board
112 x 98.5cm (44 1/8 x 38 3/4in).

Footnotes

  • Barthélémy Toguo, born in Cameroon in 1967, began his studies at Abidjan School of Fine Arts, Cote d'Ivoire. Since then, he has studied both in France and Germany, at the Graduate School of Art in Grenoble and the Dusseldorf Kunstakademie. Trained as a sculptor, he later began to experiment with film and performance, before taking up watercolour in 1998.

    Toguo's works are informed by his political motivations and are often intentionally provocative. The concept of national boundaries and their permeability is a recurring theme. The number of people and goods flowing between countries has increased exponentially in the 21st century as a result of globalisation and technological developments. Toguo's works are a product of this fluidity, influenced as they are by his European contemporaries. However, they also register a fear; what is the psychological impact of the modern "diasporic condition"? Might we not lose our sense of identity in becoming global citizens?

    The present lot, You are not supposed to park here, suggests the dangers of living in a perpetual state of flux. The central human figure has no definitive outline; the transparency of the green watercolour wash emphasises his transience and insubstantiality. His permeable membrane allows him to absorb external stimuli, but as we can see from his empty chest cavity, it has left him without substance.

    Growing up in Cameroon, it is no wonder that Toguo is wary of unregulated global flow. Rich in natural resources, Cameroon's economy is heavily reliant on exports of coffee and cacao. The developed West have historically been quick to appropriate these goods, providing little in the way of compensation. Toguo's art challenges the status quo, forcing the viewer to examine the nature of global exchange and its impact on the individual.

    This year, Toguo was part of the exhibition All the World's Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, at the 56th Venice Biennale (9 May - 22 November 2015) with his installation entitled Urban Requiem (2015).


    Bibliography
    R. Wigh, 'Staging the absurdity of reality: the politics of the body', in Notre histoire. (Palais de Tokyo, 2006) p.215.
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