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The New World Climax - Guantanamo Republic

© Barthélémy Toguo. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

The New World Climax - Guantanamo Republic

Artist: Barthélémy Toguo (Born in Mbalmayo, Cameroon, 1967)
Date: 2011
Medium: Woodcut on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches (80 × 60 cm)
State: 1
Edition: 1
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:The New World Climax is a three-part project by Barthélémy Toguo begun in 2000 that combines sculpture, performance, and installation. The series reflects on the significance of man-made borders and the artist’s own experience as an immigrant in countries like the U.S. and France. In New World Climax, Toguo reinterpreted the stamps found in a passport book as large wooden blocks, which he then used in a series of performances that paid tribute to immigrant workers. Toguo lifted the weighty wood to produce unique prints on paper, highlighting both the difficulty of carrying a non-western passport and the labor-intensive jobs taken up by immigrants. With stamps that read, for example, “Illegal,” “Colonisation Imperialism,” and “Guantanamo Republic,” Toguo exposes the absurdities of such labels while also revealing the hypocrisy of western expansion in the world. New World Climax becomes a critique of monolithic, white imperialism and questions who anyone really is in today’s globalized world.
Provenance: Purchased from Stevenson Gallery, South Africa (2014). Stevenson Gallery acquired the work directly from the artist.
Object number: 2014.25.1