‘Craving for Humanity: The World of Barthélémy Toguo’ at Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac

Free rein at the Fondation Dapper: Cameroonian artist Barthélémy Toguo. Sensitive, socially aware art that explores the failed workings of today’s world so as to critique them, drawing on African cultures.

From watercolours of suffering bodies, sometimes strewn with nails, to monumental installations asking questions about our planet’s future, the angle of intimate and collective experiences is used by the Fondation Dapper to explore the works of Barthélémy Toguo in a monograph coordinated by the foundation’s director, Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau.

Following an original theme, some of the artist’s works are compared with pieces of old African art. Barthélémy Toguo (born in 1967) is a central, pioneering figure in the international art world. He lives and works between Cameroon and France. Through his creations, he seeks to raise social awareness. Driven by the need to create in order to make statements, he designs works that respond directly to the upheavals of today’s world (wars, abuse of power, immigration, famine and dangers). Using a range of techniques – from drawing, watercolour and sculpture to photography, performance and installation art – Barthélémy Toguo ask questions about our humanity.

The exhibition is organised by the Fondation Dapper and curated by Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau. The exhibition will be on view from the 7th of April until the 5th of December 2021. To find out more about the exhibition, click here.