HDM Gallery is pleased to present “Fragile Body”, a solo exhibition of Barthélémy Toguo. The show will open on October 28th and close on December 31th 2017. This is the first solo exhibition of the artist with the gallery following a dual show with Chinese artist Guo Wei in 2010. Curated by Zhu Zhu, the show will include ceramics produced by Barthelemy Toguo in Jingdezhen as well as a group of works on paper.
Entitled “Fragile Body”, the exhibition focuses on the frailty of human beings. From birth to death, humans are constantly prey to illness, natural disaster, grief and loss. Despite technological advances and a sophisticated lifestyle, civilizations have not managed to protect themselves from epidemics, hurricanes, floods and diseases. In the current show, Barthelemy Toguo seeks to portray this fragility and instability using materials directly linked to China’s artistic history: ceramics, paper and ink.
Born in 1967 in Cameroon, Barthelemy Toguo has been widely exhibited in solo presentations including at the Uppsala Museum, Sweden, Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He has been nominated for the 2017 Prix Marcel Duchamp and included group shows at the Venice Biennale, the Foundation Louis Vuitton, Sydney Biennale and Centre Georges Pompidou.