En quête des marges fluctuantes
French, English → NL, FR, EN
For five days during the festival, three people, one of whom is the Cameroonian visual artist Guy Woueté, will be holding up banners in public spaces in Brussels. The banners will feature thoughts and words, including some written by Woueté himself, alternating between quotations from poetry and political demands / slogans. By putting bodies to work in the public space for eight hours a day, En quête des marges fluctuantes challenges what people see. What is work today? What does statutory working time mean in a society in which the people who work the most are not always the ones with a job, and where those who do have a job feel they are getting a raw deal from the people who only argue in terms of growth, profitability, and optimisation? In this sit-in performance, Guy Woueté refutes the famous “work harder to earn more” slogan touted by governments on both the right and left who are refusing to start a debate on universal income or the retirement of future generations. An axiom damaged all the more by this same political class rejecting any plan for reparation and solidarity with regard to the peoples of the south who for too long now have been paying for the economic development and growth in the West.
08.05 — Poelartplein/Place Poelaert
15.05 — Beursplein/Place de la Bourse
20.05 — Europakruispunt/Carrefour de l’Europe
23.05 — Hertogin van Brabantplein/Place de la Duchesse de Brabant
28.05 — Naamsepoort/Porte de Namur
See Also: Artist Talk
Performers: Medina Tokalic, Guy Woueté, Isaac Essoua Essoua (Malam), Maxime Jean-Baptiste
Technical assistant: Maxime Jean-Baptiste
Graphic designer: Anne Le Breton, Melis Renard
Special thanks to: Helena Kritis and Marcel Berlanger
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Guy Woueté is based in Antwerp since 2011. Born in Douala, Cameroon 1980, he studied sculpture and painting in Douala and was a resident at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam. He graduated from the University of Paris 8 as well as from École de Recherche Graphique (Erg) in Brussels, where he also teaches.
His work always encompasses elements of social criticism, questions surrounding borders and symbols of domination in an era of globalization. Colonial past of his country plays a major role in his work. Using history as a source of material, Woueté aims to break down conventional attitudes which nourish discriminations, paternalism and alienation in all its forms.
I want to experience a world where social justice apply for everyone.
Through the process of recording the real, Woueté creates objects, images and performative acts that are part of a network of multiple meanings. Evoking the North South axis of the world and exploring the traces of (colonial) history in the present, his works open narrative of social issues and aesthetic. He collects moments and things of experiences that blends in collages, installation, performance, video, photography as well as sculpture, painting and artist’s Books.
Upcoming, pass exhibitions & projects: En quête des Marges Fluctuantes, sit-in-performance, KFDA Brussels, BE 2020; Colonial memory, trace and archive, lecture & workshop, Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts, VN, 2019; Friends of S.M.A.K.’s Coming People award (nominee), S.M.A.K, Gent BE 2018; Wie is we ?, Beursschouwburg Brussels, BE and Welkom, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL 2020; The Bamako Encounters, Biennale of African Photography, ML and the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale, DRC 2019; 20 years of S.M.A.K. The Introduction(3), Gent, BE and Aujourd'hui, National Museum Yaoundé, CM 2019; The 5th Addis Foto Fest, ET and the 13th Biennales of Dak’Art, Dakar, SN 2018; Taming Anonymity, ERforS HQ, Drogenbos, BE and To Be Defined, Spazzju Kreattiv, Valletta, MT 2018; Being Awake, Vtape in collaboration with the 29th Images Festival, Toronto, CA 2016; Africa, Le grand Festin, MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna, AT and EUtopia |28. Museumcultuur Strombeek, BE 2017; United Nations extended-The Vienna Dialog, freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL MQ, Vienna, AT 2015; 10th Havana Biennale, La Habana, CU 2009.