“Black Forest”: Pascale Marthine Tayou in Martinique


Many thanks to AICA Caraïbe du Sud for announcing the installment process of the forthcoming exhibition “Black Forest” by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou at Fondation Clément [Clement Foundation] in Martinique. The exhibition—on view from December 15, 2019, to March 22, 2020—is curated by Jérôme Sans.

Fondation Clément is pleased to present Black Forest, the first exhibition in Martinique and in the Caribbean by Pascale Marthine Tayou, curated by Jérôme Sans. Since their meeting at the Sydney Biennale in 1998, the artist has been working with the curator in a complicity that has given rise to various collaborations and exhibitions around the world, and which opens a new chapter here.

Black Forest is seen as a crossing to unknown and open territories, “a walk in situ at the heart of the tracks of our existential doubts,” “a moment of questioning about the imagination of the wide world and its content.” As an introspective, it deploys all the vocabulary of the multiple and deliberately mobile writings of the artist, suspended between the dream account of everyday life and the need to hybridize situations, human particularities, and geographies.

Nearly a hundred works, iconic pieces and new productions, form a path in which the artist touches the cardinal points of contemporary society as well as the themes of the global village, travel, identity culture, globalization, border permeability, ecology, and contemporary ritualization. Moving naturally from sculpture to drawing, painting, installation, and poetry, Pascale Marthine Tayou offers another look at the everyday under an apparent aesthetic casualness. Fictional narratives and rituals overlap and become entangled in a happy cacophony that celebrates this new poetry of the human…

Black Forest is lived as a total experience, offered simultaneously to sight, hearing, smell, which confronts the visitors with culture shock and invites them to engage in the ever-changing reality of the world in which they live.

[Photo above: detail from https://www.claudinecolin.com/fr/2050-black-forest-pascale-marthine-tayou.]

Translated by Ivette Romero. Read the original (in French) at https://www.claudinecolin.com/fr/2050-black-forest-pascale-marthine-tayou

For more information, please contact Dimitri Besse (dimitri@claudinecolin.com)

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