A blue siren carries the death Mant, 2022

Arnold Fokam

Painting : acrylic 51.2 x 39.4 inch


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Also known as Little Africa, the country has enormous water resources according to studies. Water stress is the result of the mismanagement of this essential resource for the local population. Arnold Fokam extends his AquariHomme research and focuses on the disappearance of underwater species. Extraction of mineral products, climate change responsible for the acidification of waters, tourism, overfishing and plastic pollution, the pressures are considerable and continuous. Paying particular attention to the impact of pollution on the spiritualities linked to rivers such as the Wouri, the artist revisits certain local myths. Thus, he reinterprets the myth and belief in Mami Watta, often perceived as a mermaid, as a deity also affected by the destructive appetite of Man. Arnold Fokam stages his creatures that emerge from the deep waters to sing to humans not sweet and bewitching melodies but rather the pain of separation, disappearance, and extinction. In pure white shrouds, they delicately carry the remains of beings now devoid of all life, like a mother accompanying her offspring to their final resting place.
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Painting: acrylic
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51.2 x 39.4 inch
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Arnold Fokam

Arnold Fokam

Cameroon • Born in: 1996

Emerging artists

Dreamlike Characters

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Cameroonian artists

Arnold Fokam is a young visual artist born in 1996 in Cameroon where he lives and works in the city of Douala.

Her work revolves around water in relation to the body and opens up to a multidisciplinary practice that explores painting, assemblage, sound creation as well as installation.

Graduated in Plastic Arts and Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts of the University of Douala in Nkongsamba, he followed a training which led him more towards painting on canvas before later experimenting with d 'other mediums.

Artist of dreams and utopia, his work will have a spiritual, cultural and ecological dimension. He is interested in the notion of symbiosis, and offers an intimate dialogue between Humanity and the aquatic universe. He mixes the real with the fantastic and reminds us that the critical state of the Anthropocene is sufficient for the need for humans to take care of Water, the source of all life on Earth.

It is the protection and the celebration of life that is in question in his work, but also a praise to the woman, bearer of life, who becomes in the space of her imaginary staging and her blue portraits, the face of the human race.

He is the winner of the Goethe Découverte 2020 / Visual Arts prize and his work is part of several private and public collections such as that of the Goethe Institut and the contemporary art center Doual'art.

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