Yo-Yo Gonthier
Born 1974 in Niamey, Niger
Lives and works in Marquefave, France
Born in Niger, Yo-Yo Gonthier grew up on Reunion Island. A photographer, Gonthier questions the erasure of memory in a Western society where speed, progress and technology seem to be the essential values. He is interested in the reminiscence of a colonial culture in France and particularly in the overseas territories. Since 2011, he has been building collective artistic and participatory projects such as Le Nuage qui Parlait, Reunion Island (2013), Pierrefitte-sur-Seine (2015), Abidjan (2016), Dakar (2016), Niamey (2016). Selected exhibitions include Beyond the Sky, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, (2022); La Tour Bleue, Bandjoun Station, Cameroon (2021); L'histoire d'un envol, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Dakar (2020); Ghost Park - les Vivants #1, La Chapelle Saint-Jacques, contemporary art centre (2019).
Yo Yo Gonthier, L'arbre corail, 2020, Pigmentary print on Baryta Hahnemuhle 315 gr, 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury.