Barthélémy Toguo

Road for Exile 

Barthélémy Toguo (França/Camarão)

For his first exhibition in Portugal, Barthélèmy Toguo will create a specific installation, Road for Exile, in the White Room of the Palácio Pombal in Lisbon. This work is the confirmation of how diverse is the work of Toguo, such as video, sculpture, drawing, that compose this installation. Toguo will work with students to install a mosquito net that will cover all the room creating and idyllic space. In the centre of this room there will be a fragile boat made of wood, surrounded the bottles that create a big wave. Its an allegory, an utopia of the dangerous and difficult trips to get to the “promiced land”.

In Road for Exile the artist's question is about the sense of journey like a place for dreams.

Barthélémy Toguo says:  “We are all in a permanent “transit” state. This is a notion inherent to the 20th and 21st-century man. Whether a man is white, black or yellow it matters little.

We go from one place to another with the help of different means while bringing along with us, during these different journeys, our culture that runs up against the other. Of course, this coming together can be either beautiful or difficult. The trips follow one after another at the frenetic pace of our society today. 

We are constantly in motion. So this notion of transit is more than ever relevant to the present, maybe under different avatars since society evolves.” /