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Barthélémy Toguo - Born in 1967
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Barthélémy Toguo was born in Cameroon in 1967 and studied Fine Art in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He moved to Europe in 1993 and began exhibiting and doing performances while finishing his studies in Grenoble (France), then Dusseldorf (Germany).

Political geography and personal boundaries have been an implicit subject in his studio work and an explicit one in his performances. On one hand, his watercolours provide a strong visual beats, using a limited repertory of images and colours to depict a dreamy world of human, animal and vegetal metamorphosis. On the other hand, the facture of his large scale installations is generally rough and quick and underline humans conflicts, paradoxes and extremism. His deft appropriations may be seen as an inversion of the historic pillaging Africa underwent during the colonial period.

Toguo recently had a solo exhibition, "The Sick Opera", at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The show included his work from 1999 to 2004. He has exhibited in many other prestigious museum, galleries and Biennials internationally such as The Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Centre George Pompidou in Paris, The Houston Museum of Art, The Guangdong Museum of Art, The Migros Museum in Zurich and The Palazzo Strozzi in Florence for the past four years. Selected solo and group exhibitionstest test.

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Selected solo and group exhibitions
2006
« Afrika Remix », Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan « La Force de L’art », Grand Palais, Paris, France “Notre Histoire”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2005
« Slow Destruction », Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France « The Human Mirror », Ecole Superieure d’Art, Lorient, France Short Cuts Between Reality & Fiction “, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA “Playgrounds and Toys”, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy “Donna Donne”, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy « Femme Femmes », Musee de Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland « African Art Now « , Houston Museum of Art, USA “Afrika Remix”, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France « Got Sehen », Kunstmuseum des Kanton Thurgau, Switzerland “Singuliers”, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
2004
“The Sick Opera”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France “Swallowing The World”, Aliceday, Bruxelle, Belgium “La Guerre des Sexes n’aura pas lieu”, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Valence, France « Afrika Remix », Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany “@rtscreen”, Biennale de Dakar, Senegal Galeria Isabella Broncolini, Florence, Italy “Settlements”, Saint-Etienne Museum of Modern Art, Saint-Etienne, France “Dessins et des Autres, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
2003
« Pure and Clean », Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, USA “Great Expectations”, Ferrotel, Pescara, Italy Havana Biennale, Cuba “Party”, Galeria Autori Cambi, Roma, Italy “Okonomien der Zeit, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland “Love Zones”, Galerie Barnoud, Dijon, France
2002
« Mamie water » , Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France « Puk, Puk, Puk » , CCC, Tours, France « Emergency Exit », le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France « Epidémies », Goethe Institute, Yaoundé, Cameroon “Apocalyptique Dance , Künstlerhaus von Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria Montreal Biennale, Montréal, Canada Pusan Biennale, Pusan, South Korea « Tutto normale », Villa Medicis, Roma, Italy « Ökonomien der Zeit » , Art Academy, Berlin, Germany “Ökonomien der Zeit “, Museum Ludwig, Koln, Germany Dakar Biennale, Senegal
2001
« Das Bett », Dunkerque School of Fine Art, Dunkerque, France “Art unlimited”, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland “Barthélémy Toguo”, Galerie The Box Associati, Turino, Italy “Intrinsecus/Extrinsecus” , Studio Casoli, Milano, Italy The Drawing Center, New York, USA Fondation Guerlain, Les Mesnuls, France Mercancias, Espacio C, Camargo, Spain « Killing me softly”, Bild Museet, Umea, Sweden “Political Ecology” , White Box, New York, USA

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