Pascale Marthine Tayou at The Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Looking for something creative to do this bank holiday weekend? Why not check out the innovative work of Cameroonian born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou whose 'Boomerang' exhibition is running at The Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London's Hyde Park until 17th May.
Renowned for combining materials found or discarded locally, Tayou's artistic craftsmanship is inspired. His work combines various mediums ranging from installations and sculpture to graffiti and drawing. Not only this but the materials he uses are often recycled - coloured straws, chicken wire and old water hoses all feature as a part of Tayou's African-inspired realm.
A Belgium artist born in Cameroon, Tayou tackles powerful topics concerning colonialism, national identity and global consumption, which is often his own personal reflection on how he was treated as an artist in the Western world compared to his family in Africa. Despite the quite serious underlying tone, Tayou manages to create an engaging, colourful show. Based on the theme 'mysterious human forms and fantastical beasts', you can expect a lot of surprises along the way. Look out for a 100m snake called 'Africonda' (pictured) - a huge multi-coloured serpent chasing its tail, listen to the gentle tweeting of birdsong and smell the faint aroma of hay: a multi-sensory conjuring of West Africa.
The exhibition marks seven years since Tayou's work was last seen in the UK, and he has come back with a bang with many pieces that are exclusive for The Serpentine. Now is the perfect time to see for yourself Tayou’s fantastical blend of traditional craft with modern materials and we highly recommend a visit.
Oh, and did we mention it's free? For more information head over to The Serpentine Sackler Gallery website.