Talk: Guy Wouété
Moderator: Eric Cyuzuzo
After his sit-in performance, which will occupy the Place de la Bourse on Friday 15 May from 13:00 to 21:00, Guy Woueté shall be entering into a discussion with Eric Cyuzuzo, socio-cultural activist for the Black cause, at the Beursschouwburg, where Woueté will also be exhibiting his project Wie Is Wie (3 April - 30 May 2020). En quête des marge fluctuantes deals with the dynamics of exploitation and hard work in a capitalist society where the main goals are growth, profitability and optimisation, while Wie Is Wie tries to draw a link between the present and the past through the importance of imparting knowledge of the Belgian colonial past to shape the future. This discussion will allow the two artistic creations to be compared, linking them through a reflection on how Woueté can incorporate activism and art in his practices, not only as a creator but also as a teacher at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique (ERG) in Brussels. The questions addressed will range from slavery and colonialism as the origins of capitalism, to modern activism for a society based on equity and decolonisation, traversing through the demands of the workers' movements and the campaigns for restitution and post-colonial reparations.
See also: En quête des marges fluctuantes
Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project
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.
Eric Cyuzuzo is a socio-cultural activist who imagines, builds and organises platforms promoting the stories of black women at the intersection of their multiple identities. On the one hand, he works to create synergies between grassroots associations and major cultural institutions that are not based on recovery and exploitation mechanisms. And on the other, he is the co-founder and co-director of several non-profit organisations aimed at promoting and broadening the artistic, cultural and civic expression of black people in their plurality in Brussels and elsewhere.