Pascale Marthine Tayou (b. 1967, Yaounde) is an artist whose work combines various mediums and seeks to artistically redefine postcolonial culture and raise questions about globalisation and modernity. Starting his artistic career in 1990, he took the double name in the female form: Pascal(e) Marthin(e) to distance himself from the male/female ascriptions and artistic authorship.
His first works focused on drawing and sculpture that expressed societal problems such as AIDS. More recently, he combines popular visual cultures and social realities through improvisational styles to construct installations that depict postcolonial African lifestyles and contemporary social, political and cultural realities across countries.
For the project, Tayou sends us a mental map originating from his name with positive affirmation, and a message: “Use words, stay safe, stay cool, love you!”
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.