Pascale Marthine Tayou (b.1966, Cameroon )

Pascale Marthine Tayou was born in 167 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He began his career as an artist in the 1990's and exhibitions in Cameroon were soon followed by shows in Germany, France and Belgium, where he currently resides.

Tayou’s practice is characterized by its variability, since he confines himself in his artistic work, neither to one medium nor to a particular set of issues. While his themes may be various, they all use the artist himself as a person as their point of departure. Already at the very outset of his career, Pascale Marthine Tayou added an “e” to his first and middle name to give them a feminine ending, thus distancing himself ironically from the importance
of artistic authorship and male and female ascriptions.

This holds for any reduction to a specific geographical or cultural origin as well. His works not only mediate in this sense between cultures, or set man and nature in ambivalent relations to each other, but are produced in the knowledge that they are social, cultural, or political constructions. His work is deliberately mobile, elusive of pre-established schema and are heterogeneous. It is always closely linked to the idea of travel and of coming into contact with what is other to self, and is so spontaneous that it almost seems casual. The objects, sculptures, installations, drawings and videos produced by Tayou have a recurrent feature in common: they dwell upon an individual moving through the world and exploring the issue of the global village. It is in this context that Tayou negotiates his African origins and related experiences.

Tayou has contributed to a number of major international exhibitions and events, including: Documenta 11 (2002) and the Biennials of Istanbul (2003), Lyon (2005), Venice (2005 and 2009), and has shown his work in museums around the world. He has had solo shows at the MACRO Rome (2004), at the S.M.A.K. Ghent Belgium (2004), at the MARTa Herford Germany (2005), at the Milton Keynes Gallery UK, (2007) at the Malmö Konsthall Sweden (2010), Gare Saint Sauveur Lille (2010), MACLyon Lyon (2011) at the REVUE NOIRE Expressions Contemporaines d'Afrique et du Monde Paris (2011), MUDAM Luxembourg, (2011), Musée du Louvre Paris, (2011), Gare Saint Lazare, Paris, (2012), Parc de La Villette, Paris (2012), MACRO, Rome (2012), Kunstahus, Bregenz (2014).

Tayou , Pascale Marthine b.1966

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