an exhibiition of art and protest by Pascale Marthine Tayou
exhibition at the serpentine

“Making art is not more important than making soup.

In my tomato soup I just try to put all my heart”

BOOMERANG - an explosive heady sensual work  - smell, texture, scale , mixed media and bird song: Pascale Marthine Tayou‘s installation of provocative tactile artworks are at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

“When you throw a boomerang it comes back to get you….

We as humans are complicit in our own destruction…

We have invented modes of survival that have destroyed the spaces we inhabit”.



I first experienced  Tayou-world at the 2009 Venice Biennale via a gigantuous wall of plastic bags on the Arsenale quayside!

Tayou - Cameroon born, lives in Belgium and travels the world  with his work.

Hand forged, moulded, welded and wielded,  Tayou’s work mixes traditional and digital craft work using unexpected materials.

Loaded with symbolism and playful, Tayou creates earthy magical effigies and fantastical characters and even echoes a spirit of Jean Michel Basquiat.

An embodiment of global shift with the past and present culture of his roots, Tayou addresses positives and  negatives -  simultaneously celebrating and protesting.

Multi-layered religious symbols glow in neon . The oppressive interference of the western world is ridiculed and parodied.

The work chews up and spits out imaginative forms - tragic, funny , fresh and moving.

Carrying serious messages and protests, erupting black comedy and satire, Tayou’s work presents glorious visual contradictions.

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Pascale Marthine Tayou


His glass crystal cartoon 3D figures ( produced by Venetian glass craftsmen) are  daubed and caked in pungent ground coffee and ground cocoa beans...

Drums stand on single legs spiked with pins like  voodoos .

by Tayou

by Tayou

The centre gallery  - ironically a Napoleonic gun powder store -   exhibits a giant floating cloud of cotton wool spiked with wooden staves.


crystal grasses yams

crystal grasses yams

The next  chamber dangles yams, gourdes, sprouting hair, rope, grasses, hanging crystal heads and faceted cages. “Street life is my inspiration”  BOOMERANG to Tayou is an adventure - a leap into the unknown.  At the Serpentine Sackler Gallery London until 17th May 2015


Mixed media designer and artist, Tilby is an experienced production set and costume designer for film, tv, film theatre and opera.