Making Douala 2007-2013
Traveling Exhibition Triennial SUD: Addressing Public Space in the City of Douala, Cameroon
ICU art projects presented Making Douala 2007 – 2013, the traveling exhibition about the SUD (Salon Urbain de Douala, the triennial urban and contemporary art manifestation in Douala). The first edition opened to the public from 20 April to 1 June 2012 in Rotterdam (NL), where it is part of the 5th IABR, Making City. After that, the exhibition traveled to the RAW Company during Dak’art in Dakar, Senegal (May 2012), Entrepot Fictief in Ghent, Belgium (November 2012), and Gallery Paradise in Nantes, France (June-Sept 2013).
Making Douala 2007-2013, the Traveling Exhibition of the Triennial SUD, shows the effects of inscribing contemporary art into public space on the daily life in and the perception of the city of Douala.
Making Douala presents the work of SUD, the Salon Urbain de Douala, through the representation of a selection of the projects and events that contributed to the success of the international triennial’s editions in 2007 and 2010. It also introduces the preliminary ideas for SUD2013, entitled Douala Metamorphoses.
By realizing public art projects – both permanent art works and events – in the different neighborhoods of Douala, SUD addresses the state of the public domain in the city. To realize these projects by Cameroonian artists as well as by artists from abroad, SUD produces a collaborative process that involves the locals and their neighborhood organizations. The use of local resources and the support of local economies encourage the integration of the projects into the local context. The artworks themselves, with their artistic aims and cultural expressions, have a strong social and political dimension, as they aim to create a certain public-ness or public ‘space’, which is not found in many African cities.
SUD is produced by an independent cultural organization, doual’art, and it is the only event that addresses and contributes to public life in the city of Douala. To realize its aims, doual’art works together with ICU art projects, an international artistic project organization based in the Netherlands.