Barthélémy TOGUO (1967)
Toguo organises performances that are marked by humour and provocation. He explores political issues and uncomfortable realities. He is interested in particular in the flows of merchandise and of human beings and in the people who regulate these flows.
Initially passionate about sculpture, Toguo radically changed his work after 1992. He went to Grenoble, France, where he discovered photography and video, before becoming acquainted with “German realism” in Düsseldorf and developing an interest in performance. One of his most striking works is The New World Climax, a series of giant wooden stamps with inscriptions such as “residence card” or “the world of citizens” on them. This series makes reference to individuals who apply – or not, as the case may be – a life-saving stamp on a passport.
Toguo has exhibited in many fascinating art projects, including at the Venice Biennale, Art Brussels, Art Cologne and the FIAC. He has also participated in exhibitions at renowned museums such as the St. Etiennne Museum of Contemporary Arts (2013) and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2012). This has given him a place in public collections including the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.