Pascale Marthine Tayou: Tornado
Sorana Munsya, Simon Njami, Phillip Van den Bossche, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Mieke Mels
Tornado does not evade any subject – migration, gender equality, identity and origin, evolutions within nationalist thinking, colonial wounds and their place in the individual and collective memory, peace, fear and violence, but most crucially of all, the importance of knowledge and the transference of the ancient power it holds. Tayou does not shy away from these themes, but nor does he politicise them. He observes, is critical and above all curious in his quest for the universally human, for that which unites us all. The artist weaves forgotten histories and raked-up memories with a contemporary imagination. He constantly balances on a boundary between negative and positive energy. Nothing is what it seems, let alone unambiguous.