Pascale Marthine Tayou
African paper flags
Courtesy of GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins/Habana and RICHARD TAITTINGER GALLERY, New York
Deeply linked to his own "voyager mind", Pascale Marthine Tayou’s work comes into contact with what is other to the self. His objects, sculptures, installations, drawings and videos have a recurrent feature in common: they dwell upon an individual moving through the world and exploring the issue of global village.
His work is characterized by its variability, since he confines himself in his artistic work neither to one medium nor to a particular set of issues. While his themes may be various, they all use the artist himself as a person as their point of departure.
Globalization, mass production, and overconsumption are confronted by Tayou’s work which incorporate fragile materials such as crystal and sticks of chalk. He highlights the fragility of mass-produced objects, including chalk and ceramic pots. By combining these elements in repeating patterns he lends them weight and strength. His chalk frescos also take on a collaborative element as he works with his assistants to hand place each individual element of the works.
Jpegafrica/Africagift, a pyramid pile of the 54 African flags, is a sculptural metaphor of the different cultural identities of the African continent.