Barthélémy Toguo is a multi-disciplinary artist; he is just as comfortable painting, drawing, using watercolours or printing as he is producing sculptures, performing, or working with photography and video. For this new exhibition, the Gallery has invited him to continue his series of engravings on wood started in May 2015. These are brightly coloured square works, formed from a number of panels of engraved wood that he inks and prints using artisanal techniques, creating powerful and expressive images on which he inscribes African proverbs, in pencil in the margin. These astute productions bring to mind the stamp sculptures of his installation at the Venice Biennale. In both cases, engraved wood is the means of expression behind the image.
In parallel, Road to Exile, an emblematic installation by Barthélémy Toguo, is presented until 20th May as part of the ‘Frontières’ exhibition at the Museum of Immigration in Paris, while Rêver d’un autre monde is exhibited at the Resistance and Deportation History Centre in Lyon. From 21 June to 6 November 2016, the artist will take over the Carré Sainte-Anne in Montpellier, where he will showcase his work in this deconsecrated church.