Galerie Lelong & Co. presents Urban Requiem, Barthélémy Toguo’s first exhibition at the gallery and first solo exhibition in New York in a decade.
A Cameroonian artist based in France, Toguo focuses his multimedia practice on notions of exile and belonging. Urban Requiem (2015) presents an arrangement of ladders weighed down with wooden portrait busts. Carved into their flat bases are slogans sourced from recent protests and national movements, from #MeToo to #BlackLivesMatter, allowing each sculpture to function as a stamp. The process of utilizing each stamp parodies administrative gestures, as they require significant effort to lift and coat with black ink before making a thickly crusted mark on paper.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)