The Clément Foundation is pleased to present Black Forest, Pascale Marthine Tayou’s first exhibition in Martinique and the Caribbean, curated by Jérôme Sans.
Since their meeting at the Sydney Biennale in 1998, the artist and the curator have enjoyed a close relationship that has given rise to various collaborations and exhibitions around the world, a new chapter of which is opening here.
“Black Forest” sees itself as a journey towards unknown and open territories, “an in situ walk in the heart of the tracks of our existential doubts”, “a moment of questioning on the imagination of the great world and its content”. Like a self-examination, it deploys the artist’s entire vocabulary of multiple and deliberately mobile writings, suspended between the dreamlike narrative of everyday life and the need to hybridize situations, human particularities and geographies.
Nearly a hundred works, iconic pieces and new productions, form a journey during which the artist touches on the cardinal points of contemporary society as well as the themes of the global village, travel, cultural identity, globalization, the permeability of borders, ecology and contemporary ritualization. Naturally moving from sculpture, drawing, painting, installation and poetry, Pascale Marthine Tayou offers another look at everyday life under an apparent aesthetic casualness. Fictional narratives and rituals overlap and become entangled in a happy cacophony that celebrates this new poetry of the human being…Black Forest is lived as a total experience, offered simultaneously to the sight, hearing and smell, which confronts the visitor with the clash of cultures and invites him to engage in the constantly changing reality of the world he lives in.
97240 Le François – Martinique