16 Feb 30 Mar 2018
Versi di Vetro
Patrick Joel Tatcheda Yonkeu
You and your friends are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition on Friday,
16 February at 7 pm.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 2 to 6 pm and on appointment
BHMF in collaboration with Villa Romana
Curated by Janine Gäelle and Justin Randolph Thompson
photos: Ela Bialkowska, OKNOstudio
The project is dedicated to those who died in the mediterrean sea in search of a prosperous future.
The story of humanity is a story of migration; it starts in the mists of time and endure until today, even if the reasons for resettling change depending on the circumstances.
The difficulty of International government’s politics to face this phenomenon is quite evident (Operazione Mare nostrum, Frontex).
An ancient African sage once said: "When the wind is blowing, we don’t have to lean against it, but, like and old sailor, benefit from it’s movement and direction, to orientate ourselves."
In fact, the reasons that pushed people to move from their home, as well as the fragile socio-political situation in Europe, have caused already too many deaths.
The far-away verses of those who, in despair, fear or misery have left their families, loved ones, body and soul behind, resonate like an echo of the bells of the last Judgement Day.
The artist proposes himself as a ferryman; Yes! Like Charon! Through the creation of a sculptural and installation work, he wants to mediate between our loved ones and society, so that the survivors have a chance to be welcomed, listened to, looked after and to be protected, because they are the only witnesses of this catastrophe. Versi di vetro is thought as a sanctuary that offers the opportunity to share a moment of commemoration, together with the survivors of this human tragedy.
Patrick Joel Tatcheda Yonkeu was born on May 26, 1985 in Douala, Cameroon. He received a scientific and religious Catholic education at the St Jean Baptiste de Bangangtè College. Always active between art and scientific studies, he finally devoted his time to art in Italy in 2009. He obtained a scholarship for the Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in painting. His work concerns human conditions, spirituality and freedom in our contemporary society. Painting, sculpture and installation are his media. He considers himself a fine arts researcher.