Performance: 8 May 2009, 8pm
Barthelemy Toguo, the well-known multifaceted artist from The Cameroons (born 1967), has chosen as a theme for his second Viennese exhibition: "The AIDS issue cannot be solved thanks to the distribution of condoms." Benedict XVIth
The visitors are invited to participate in a discussion on the subject of AIDS apropos the recent declarations made
during his March 2009 visit tothe Cameroons by pope Benedict concerning the use of condoms.
Immediately on entering the gallery you are taken: your eyes fall upon a "porn movie", a documentary filmed on the main market of Bafoussam in the Grasslands and you can
hear the local people freely discussing on the subject. It's a fireworks of pros and cons...
The main exhibition room has been transformed into a hospital-ward, the visitors stumbles on beds and mosquito nets as if he had come to see the sick. In spite of the appare n t cosyness there is a pervading, ominous atmosphere .
Religious dignitaries whose portraits hang on the walls contemplate the scene, they obviously have already taken sides. Drawings and collages by the artist depicting graphic sex show how derelict the Church is, evoking the exclusion of women from priesthood by the Catholic Church, the
prohibition of marriage for the priests, of condoms or gay marriage. The Church is dying, the Church has become obsolescent.
In the basement of the gallery, Barthelemy Toguo shows video films on the subject of the confrontation of two elements, water and fire.
Toguo fells that his most important project to date is Bandjoun Station, an arts centre that he has built with his own ressources in Cameroon.
It is intended for artist from africa and the international community, and includes spaces for studios, a library and a conference room.
All the guests will be able to work on their own projects, appropriate to the human and natural context of the site, and to propose activities
and events, whether in the local region, further afield in Cameroon, or abroad.
Born in 1967 in Cameroon. Lives and works in Paris, New York, Bandjoun, Cameroon. School / Formation : Ecole Nationale Supérieure des
Beaux-Arts d'Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, École Supérieure d'Art de Grenoble, France, Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany.