Bili Bidjocka, “L’art africain pour quoi faire?” 2011. Exhibition view at Doual’art, Douala, Cameroon. Courtesy Doual’art
Doual’art invites visual artists, architects, and designers to act throughout the city. These creators make aesthetic and technological proposals that witness and call on the urban problems that southern cities in Cameroon face as they undergo exponential growth.
Our main concern—considering contemporary creation as a source of social interconnection, which is an essential value for interdependent and citizen changes—is to verify whether artistic practices, including the most innovative ones, can play a role in land use, by participating in citizen ownership of public space and affecting urban society.
The goal of Doual’art is to involve constituents of the urban civil society, local public operators, and inhabitants in a process of shared responsibility concerning the management and the respect of public space. Doual’art periodically organizes reflections, entitled “Ars & Urbis,” with curators, researchers, creators, and intellectuals. Indeed, generating information beyond the artistic creation is a strong component of our current process.
At this moment, Doual’art has already produced twenty-nine contemporary public artworks, plus seventeen “Arches of Memory,” and have offered them to the city. Most of these public sustainable artworks were produced during the Salon Urbain de Douala (SUD) triennial festivals held in 2007 and 2010.