Yaounde Cameroon Art
Below is a list of important Cameroonian artists who have worked in visual and plastic media, including 20th century artists working in the visual arts and contemporary artists. Annie Kadji has been active in the Douala art scene for 20 years and promotes contemporary art through workshops and art courses.
Landry Mbassi approached me to found an artist living in Cameroon, and over time I realized that I needed an artist with a strong cultural background and interest in the art history of Africa.
African nations, Cameroon is the African nation I know best, I will be back in a few years, because I am about to be born in Bamun, the capital of the second largest city of Cameroon. I know I didn't know the Bamun city before, but it's one of my favourite cities in Cameroon and a very important one.
French Cameroon (Cameroon) gained independence in 1960, and British Cameroon gained independence in a plebiscite in 1961. British territory joined the Federal Republic of Cameroon, while the southern part was annexed to Nigeria. France took over the former West Cameroon, then known as Cameroon under the British government, after Britain took control of the larger sector, formally known as East Cameroon. French Cameroons and Cameroonians in the 1960s, but France has since taken over, just as Britain has taken over.
The former West Cameroon under the British government and the former East Cameroon (French Cameroon and Cameroonian) under France and Great Britain.
The former West Cameroon under the British government and the former East Cameroon (French Cameroon and Cameroon) under France and Great Britain.
I take my hat off to Annette Schemmel for taking the time to tell the stories that have emerged from her search for the artists of then and now in Cameroon. When I think of the thesis on which this book is based, I see Schstool's true passion for making modern and contemporary art recognized and documented in Cameroon, and I take my hat off to her for taking the time to tell us the sagas that result from this pursuit of past, present and Cameroonian artists!
The idea of YaPhoto is to show what photographers do in Cameroon and to give them a space to talk about their work. The collective uses the resources and skills of Cameroonian photographers, while Western photographers fly in and out without providing the knowledge and tools for post-production.
ART in Cameroon is financed mainly through Global Funds, which enable PLWH's located outside Cameroon to benefit from continuous art without spending a penny. The government contributes about 20%, while the contribution from the Global Funds is about 80%.
The biggest challenge is the difficulty faced by artists in African countries in obtaining visas for the rest of the world. While the Cameroon government and the Global Fund provide great support, there are also financial difficulties that must be resolved for art - treating patients, which is one of its greatest challenges.
Inadequate cultural policies, coupled with a contemporary approach to the development of art centers, have led Cameroonian artists to create spaces and assemblies in which art is produced and exhibited. Art centers have played an important role in the artistic development of Cameroon, although they are usually left out and do not provide space for artists, which is perhaps the most important thing an artist needs. A model of progressive merger and association (PLWH) has been proposed to support the expansion of arts centres in the capital and other parts of the country, as well as in rural areas.
ArtBakery is an art centre in Bonendale, a few kilometres from Douala, founded by Goddy Leye. It exhibits paintings, sculptures, installations and videos and promotes young artists through a residency program in the cities of Bonendale and Doulais. The gallery organizes workshops for children, encourages contemporary artists to exhibit and has an exhibition space for painting, sculpture, installation and video, as well as a workshop for young artists.
Compared to other regions of Cameroon, Yaounde and Douala have behaved relatively well - documented art spaces. Although most academically trained artists have studios in Yaoundse or Doulais, many do not have their own studios and there is not much artistic space in the city itself. The only art centre of its kind in Cameroon is located in Doulais, only a few kilometres from the capital, but not in a large city.
The decision-making body REDD Cameroon, established in June 2012, is designed to address these weaknesses, as is the composition of the RedD National Steering Committee. Of the 19 committee members, 14 are government representatives of the Cameroon government since 2012.
The association was founded by Salif Ngounga to promote contemporary art in Cameroon by organizing workshops for artists and curating exhibitions in collaboration with Le Carre des Artistes. The development of the Bamum script made drawing and painting possible, an independent art form that was still quite rare in Central and West Africa at that time. Two-dimensional design and visual language are also an important part of the cultural heritage, such as the carved wooden doors in the National Museum in Yaounde. Young artists are encouraged and taught about the history of ancient art from the Viking Age to modern times by exploring the potential of these media and transforming materials that are found in ecology.