Serge Olivier Fokoua
Serge Olivier Fokoua (b.1976, Cameroon) lives and works between Cameroon and Gatineau, Canada. Working mainly in installation and performance, Serge Olivier Fokoua’s work has been presented in numerous art exhibitions, performance events, and projects in Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Canada and Finland. In 2013, he was awarded a residency fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center (USA). Fokoua is a co-founding member of Les Palettes du Kamer collective and since 2008 he has been the Artistic Director of the Biennale RAVY: Yaoundé Visual Art Encounters. Currently, he is actively working on multiple platforms for artistic exchange between Cameroon and several countries.
Fokoua makes art to challenge those who came, did not understand anything, returned to their miserable paradise and still do not understand anything. He makes art to revive the consciousness of those who have never learned anything from history. How can people go to a contemporary art exhibition and return with the soul always so empty? To him, contemporary art began by a movement of revolt, and despair. The more society is appalling, the more art is abstract.