Young Audience Program
Gallery Tour & Workshop
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Look at yourself in the mirror

February 5–May 29, 2024
Scheduled Upon Request
FIAF Gallery

School Groups Only • Ages 8+

Join us for a guided tour of Pascale Marthine Tayou’s exhibition, Look at yourself in the mirror. After the tour, students participate in a workshop to create their own artwork inspired by Tayou’s oeuvre.

FIAF’s latest exhibition presents the work of Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. Through sculpture and multi-media works, Look at yourself in the mirror reflects Tayou’s unique perspective. Drawing on his nomadic origins, the artist proposes a “global village” of images in his work. Tayou combines unconventional materials with ancestral objects. Neon, wood, chalk, and paint are among the materials offered throughout FIAF’s Gallery and lobby. By reimagining popular visual culture, Tayou addresses the complexities of individual and national identity.

This workshop can be scheduled upon request.

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Contemporary artist Pascale Martine Tayou (Cameroon, b. 1966) works and lives between Ghent, Belgium and Yaoundé, Cameroon.

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    • Tayou’s career began in the 1990s as he assumed the double name Pascal(e) Martin(e). The addition of feminine endings was a deliberate choice to distance himself from artistic authorship and male/female ascriptions, as well as from specific geographical or cultural origin.

      Tayou’s work is not confined to any one medium or set of issues or themes. It mediates between cultures, setting man and nature in ambivalent relations to each other, and is produced in the knowledge that they are social, cultural, and/or political constructions. The work is deliberately mobile, elusive of pre-established schema or heterogeneity, and closely linked to the idea of travel and of coming into contact with what is other to self.

      The objects, sculptures, drawings and videos produced by Tayou have a common feature: they dwell upon an individual moving through the world and exploring the issue of the global village. It is within this context that the artist negotiates his African origins and related expectations.