Pascale Marthine Tayou work mines popular visual culture and social practices, using improvisational methods to construct installations relentlessly focused on the political and social conditions of postcolonial Africa.

He gave himself two first names Pascale and Marthine that he feminized. He studied law, hoping it would lead to a kind of purity, but fled the profession when he realized that the system was corrupt. He then turned to art, despite his suspicision that it didn’t exist. Tayou’s work is based on the premise that art cannot be separated from life. His site-specific installations recycle every kind of material, object, and image to testify to the continuous circulation of people throughout the world, their personal history and their culture. He refers to these projects as collective works, the result of that which he notices, of what happens to him in everyday life, a sum total of journeys, encounters, energy, chance and spontaneity.

Pascale Marthine Tayou
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Nkongsamba, 1966
Cameroon

Current Exhibitions

Continua Sphères Ensemble

Centquatre–Paris

16 Sep — 19 Nov
Under the artistic direction of José-Manuel Gonçalvès, over twenty galleries and foundations from the five continents are participating to a joint event – started ten years ago –  which will allow the visitors to discover ambitious and generous...
29 Oct — 02 Apr
Pascale Marthine Tayou brings to Miami Beach an organic and collaboratively formed presentation of work made in the last decade together with an intervention with the museum’s permanent collection where Tayou presents...

Past Exhibitions

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano
28/04/2017 — 20/08/2017

The White Hunter. African Memories and representation

FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea
31/03/2017 — 03/06/2017

Wirikuta (Mexican Time-slip)

Museo Espacio Aguas Calientes 03/11/2016 — 30/04/2017

Par tibi, Roma, nihil

Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill 23/06/2016 — 18/09/2016

Ensemble

Arte Continua
28/04/2016 — 29/05/2016

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Nkongsamba Country of birth: Cameroon Date of birth: 1966