Moïse Togo

Gwacoulou, Le foyer traditionnel - Film - 16min - 2019

présenté dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 21


The film Gwacoulou relates the legend of how peace was kept by the transformation of three pairs of twins and their mother into the three stones of a traditional home and its cauldron “the canari”. Nowadays, these stones are still one of the pillars of Bambara tradition in Africa. Their symbolism speaks to us of marriage and discretion, fraternity and solidarity, friendship and support.

Between African tradition and modernity, Gwacoulou expresses in images the evolution of beliefs, on both mystical and behavioural levels: the place of man and woman, that of the ancestors, and traditional values.

Moïse Togo

Fascinated by art ever since his early childhood, Moïse Togo began his university studies in the Legal and Political Science Faculty in 2009–10, but then his artistic ambitions led him to the conservatoire in Bamako (Mali). His training there allowed him to prove his talent as an artist and to learn from professional artists. After five years of study, he gained a Master 2 in multimedia, which is the field he has worked in ever since. He currently holds a grant awarded by the French government through the Bakary Diallo prize at Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing — L'Institut français