Born in 1966 in Nkongsamba, Cameroon. Lives and works in Ghent, Belgium and Yaoundé, Cameroon.
A first name that is both masculine and feminine adopted by choice, a desire to always push the limits, be they mental, cultural or geographic, Pascale Marthine Tayou has been practicing an art without borders since the 1990s. It is a nomadic and immediate art, hybridizing and assembling all kinds of objects he finds along his path. Always on the move, Tayou is a passionate traveler who tries to connect not only cultures, but also humanity and nature. Self-taught, intuitive, and precise, his work cannot be summarized in a single medium: drawing, performance, photography, video sculptures, installations … the artist is never without ideas to create new reflections on society. He diverts everyday objects from their function, as well as waste from its destination to address questions of globalization and the global village. From sculptures built from thousands of multicolored plastic bags tied together to abandoned crockery built into columns. Internationally recognized, his work has been shown in Documenta 11 in Kassel (2002), the Biennale de Venise (2005, 2009), the Triennale de Turin (2008), the Tate Modern in London (2009), the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (1997, 1999), in Santa Fe (1997), Sydney (1997), and Havana (1997, 2006).
Photo credit: © Lorenzo Fiaschi