Pascale Marthine Tayou: BOOMERANG

Mysterious human forms and fantastical beasts

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

4 Mar 2015 to 17 May 2015

Pascale Marthine Tayou: BOOMERANG

Serpentine Galleries presented the first solo show in London by Cameroon-born, Belgium-based artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. The exhibition included new work made specifically for the Serpentine and introduced audiences to a range of works that demonstrated the artist’s unique ability to combine issues of individual and national identity and global consumption.

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Serpentine Galleries presented the first solo show in London by Cameroon-born, Belgium-based artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. The exhibition included new work made specifically for the Serpentine and introduced audiences to a range of works that demonstrated the artist’s unique ability to combine issues of individual and national identity and global consumption.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery was populated by a diverse mix of sculptural forms that demonstrated Tayou’s unique visual language based on archetypes, made and found objects and traditional craft. Mysterious human forms and fantastical beasts – such as the 100 metre snake of Africonda – incorporated materials such as cloth, wood, plastic, glass, organic matter and consumer waste combined with an artisanal skill.

Coton Tige was a new work made in response to the site and in particular to the history of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, which was built in 1805, and was originally designed as a munitions store for the safe-keeping of gunpowder during the Napoleonic wars. Tayou said that, “Coton Tige has to do with the cotton fields, that is, with slavery and its effects on human relationships." 

Tayou, who began studying law before deciding instead to become an artist, began exhibiting in the early 1990s – a time of political and social upheaval across West Africa. With works often produced in situ, Tayou is renowned for combining found and discarded objects and materials – often sourced locally – with a skilled and playful sense of craftsmanship.

Tayou has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Fowler Museum at UCLA (2014); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2014); MACRO, Rome (2012); MUDAM Luxembourg (2011); Mac Lyon (2011); Malmö Konsthall (2010).

Pascale Marthine Tayou discussed his work as well as contemporary African perspectives with Contemporary And (C&) magazine editor-in-chief Julia Grosse and curator N’Goné Fall. Artists, architects, researchers and filmmakers explored global infrastructure and the movement of people, things and information during An Evening on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A Teachers Continuing Professional Development workshop: Material worlds used Pascale Marthine Tayou’s sculptures as the starting point for a playful investigation of the social life of objects. And a Family Day: Short-Lived Sculpture was inspired by Pascale Marthine Tayou’s exhibition.

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BOOMERANG was produced by the Serpentine Galleries in collaboration with BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels.

This exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery was part of the Serpentine’s 2015 Spring Programme, which included a major survey by American artist Leon Golub that ran concurrently at the Serpentine Gallery.

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Mysterious human forms and fantastical beasts

Pascale Marthine Tayou: BOOMERANG film

Monday, 9th March 2015
Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang installation view 1

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang installation view 1

2015
Pascale Marthine Tayou: BOOMERANG Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (4 March – 17 May 2015) Image © READS 2015

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang installation view 2

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Coton Tige 2015

Wooden stakes, chicken wire, fabric, cotton wool Dimensions variable

Pascale Marthine Tayou: BOOMERANG Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (4 March – 17 May 2015) Image © READS 2015

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang installation view 3

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Pavés Colorés 2015

Granite setts, acrylic paint Dimensions variable

Pascale Marthine Tayou: BOOMERANG Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (4 March – 17 May 2015) Image © READS 2015
Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang installation view 4

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang installation view 4

2015
Pascale Marthine Tayou: BOOMERANG Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (4 March – 17 May 2015) Image © READS 2015

Pascale Marthine Tayou, Octopus, 2010

Pascale Marthine Tayou

2014
Octopus, 2010
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

Courtesy of GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

Pascale Marthine Tayou, Graffiti neon C, 2014


Pascale Marthine Tayou

2014
Graffiti neon C, 2014

Photograph by Aurélie Tiffreau

Courtesy of GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins