Barthelemy Toguo

  • Barthélémy Toguo

  • BARTHÉLÉMY TOGUO

    Crazy City IV, 2000/2017

    Lime tree
    100 × 25 × 67 cm
    Lelong & Co., Paris, New York

    Barthélémy Toguo was born 1967 in Cameroun. He lives and works between Paris and Bandjou, Cameroun.

    The artist revisits an installation created in 2000 but never presented since. Ten wooden sculptures, carved directly from tree trunks, are placed on a checkerboard of African carpets. The silhouettes evoke the fantastical creatures with pointed horns and beaks that are often to be seen in his work. They embody the violence of a world where man-kind hides its true colours. Inspired by a so-called “primitive” figuration, Barthélémy Toguo’s sculpture echoes our contemporary society and its vicissitudes.

    Behind the totemic forms appears the shape of stamps, symbol of the weight of obtuse administration; which the artist often explored these past few years.

    Courtesy of the artist
  • 2017 | On Site

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