Platform 102, Brussels
Opening times: Private viewings by appointment, contact O. Rynell Cash by email at email@example.com
Patrick Wokmeni’s (b.1985) photographs are linked directly to his homeland of postcolonial/
post-independent Cameroon. His photographs give a narrative to the social
conditions afflicting his community while being compassionate in their treatment of his
subjects, showing the humanity in each although at times in inhumane conditions. The
selected photographs for Wokmeni's presentation at Platform 102 are from his 2009 series
documenting Hip-Hop culture in his hometown Douala. They explore the lure of celebrity
as a way out of oppressive situations and as avenues to presumed freedom. They also
address ideas about Western culture and anti-colonial social standards. What is most
evident in the series is the sense of pride the subjects carry with them.
Wokmeni grew up in New Bell, a busy neighbourhood in Douala where he studied under
noted photographers Bruno Boudjelal, Bill Akwa Betote, Philippe Niorthe and Nicolas Eyidi.
He is a HISK Laureate , Ghent (2013) and was a resident at MTN Foundation,
Douala(2009). He has exhibited internationally at the Festival Belluard Bollwerk
International, Fribourg (2014) Marrakech Biennale (2014); Lood 12, Wetteren (2013);
BOZAR, Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2010); Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2010);
Dak’Art - Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain (2010); and Studio 41, Glasgow (2012).
The public viewing for Patrick Wokmeni takes place on Sunday June 1, 2014 from 15h to
18h with refreshments and drinks. Private viewings begin June 4 through July 20, 2014 by
appointment. Other programming will be announced over the course of presentation. For
more information and press images please contact O. Rynell Cash, Curator by email at