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Colonial Ghost by Pascale Marthine Tayou

Colonial Ghost by Pascale Marthine Tayou is an installation currently on show at Sunderland Minster which is part of a major project called Glass Exchange that runs until Autumn 2022 and is led by National Glass Centre.

This is the first of the commissions to be publicly displayed and it will be shown at Sunderland Minster until 28 January 2022 before being redisplayed at National Glass Centre, on a larger scale, from 26 March until 11 September 2022.

As part of this installation, we invite you join us at 5.30-7pm this Thursday (28 October) at Sunderland Minster for an ‘in conversation’ event discussing Pascale Marthine Tayou’s installation Colonial Ghost. The conversation will be led by the Reverend Canon Stuart Bain, Provost of Sunderland Minster and Professor Donna Chambers of the University of Sunderland.

Pascale Marthine Tayou is an artist who was born in Nknongsamba, Cameroon in 1966. He now lives and works in Ghent, Belgium and Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Through Colonial Ghost, Pascale aims to invite the viewer to consider connections between colonization and the growth of Christianity in African countries.

Pascale Marthine Tayou’s work is diverse both in terms of subject matter and media as are his references to geography, cultural origins and the human and natural world. His practice is always closely linked to the idea of travel and of coming into contact with that which is new and different. The objects, sculptures, installations, drawings and videos produced by Tayou have a recurrent feature in common: they dwell upon an individual moving through the world and exploring the issue of the global village. And it is in this context that Tayou negotiates his African origins and related expectations.

The wider project, Glass Exchange, includes commissions by four highly established artists who are not currently known for working in glass. Glass Exchange is providing an opportunity for the four artists to consider the potential of glass within their practice and to work collaboratively with a wide range of highly skilled artists, based in Sunderland, who specialise in working with glass.

The other commissions are by Katie Paterson and Monster Chetwynd, both to be shown in Durham Cathedral, and by Ryan Gander whose work will be displayed in Sunderland city centre.

Glass Exchange is supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund, Henry Moore Foundation and the Coastal Communities Fund.