Collection Artwork
Barthélémy Toguo (born M'Balmayo, Cameroon, 1967)
Stupid African President 3 (Afrika Oil)
2006
digital inkjet print
paper size: 42 7/8 x 30 7/8 in.
frame size: 44 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.
Gift of the artist
2012.7.3
AP 1/3
Signed and inscribed in marker, backing board, upper left: B. Toguo/2011 / AP 1/3 / From Bandjoun Station / Cameroon

Object Label

“Considering the environment I grew up in, the country, the continent I come from, the essence of my work cannot reside elsewhere but in protest and critical questioning.”
Barthélémy Toguo

Barthélémy Toguo’s multifaceted work spans photography, drawing, performance, painting, and video, covering a wide range of ideas, moods, and subjects. Stupid African President 3 shows the artist’s head emerging from the top of a barrel (amateurishly labeled as “Afrika Oil?”) with a two-liter plastic bottle jammed into his mouth. Based on a performance and video of the same name, the photograph conveys a burlesque and tragicomic sense of dependency and desperation emblematic of African countries that find themselves choking politically, ecologically, and economically on this supposedly beneficial and flowing resource.

From the exhibition: Environment and Object
Recent African Art (February 5 – July 31, 2011)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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