On Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Totems

February 12, 2020
In the continuity of his series Poupées Pascale and Les Sauveteurs, Pascale Marthine Tayou seeks in crystal to make transparent the ritual and spiritual aspect of these objects such as totems. By dressing these totems with materials of various origins, he embodies the process of creolization theorized by Édouard Glissant: a “mixing up of arts and languages that produces the unexpected […], a space in which dispersal allows for rapprochements, in which cultural shocks, disharmonies, disorder and interference become creative forces”.
 
«Telling a story, trying to hide it in the phrases, approaching it by the form, by the time, metamorphosing it. Revolting, Not loving, I don’t love African masks, I don’t love African totems, I love the African mask, and the mask that invents the mask is my favorite. The cult of the dead is what makes the living live. I love totems. Speaking of my totems to myself, of my masks to myself, my skyscrapers, my asphalts… my big engines, my rhythm»
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Tayou’s Totem Cristal (2019) are featured  in Leaving and Returning on view at Braverman Gallery.

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