Guy Woueté


Guy Woueté (1980 Cameroon), lives and works in Antwerp, Brussels, Douala and Penja.

Woueté works from the scraps of history and everyday life. Observing society in a critical way is a primordial gesture in his practice. The multidisciplinarity mixed with performativity makes his work a field of experimental research and production where performative protocols are deployed sometimes in the public spaces, sometimes in instituted spaces. For him; art is not an end in itself, but the occasion to observe and to criticise the time that we live.

Woueté’s work always encompasses elements of social criticism, questions surrounding borders, migration and symbols of domination in an era of globalisation. Using history as a source of material, Woueté blends records of experience, emotion, feeling in collages, installation, performance, video and photographic work. He also works in sculpture, painting and makes artists’ books.

He studied sculpture and painting in Douala and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He graduated from the University of Paris 8 as well as from Erg, École de Recherche Graphique in Brussels, where he also teaches.

Woueté’s work has been exhibited at many museums and art events such as SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin, Germany), MKHA (Antwerp, Belgium), S.M.A.K. (Gent, Belgium), Museum de Lakenhal (Leiden, The Netherlands), KANAL-Centre Pompidou (Brussels, Belgium), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, Belgium), the Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), the Biennale of African Photography (Bamako, Malí), the Lubumbashi Biennale (Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo), the National Museum Yaoundé (Yaoundé, Cameroon), the Biennales of Dak’Art (Dakar, Senegal), the Biennale of Havana (La Habana, Cuba), Enough Room for Space (Drogenbos, Belgium) and the Spazzju Kreattiv (Valletta, Malta) among others.