Echoes – Diartgonale Edition #2

Edited Publication

Hosted by the Cameroonian artist magazine DiARTgonale, the series of special editions present the outcome of a long-term curatorial endeavour initiated in 2010 for which Cameroonian and European artists collaboratively produce new, research-based artworks. Annette Schemmel curates the project in dialogue with artist Marjolijn Dijkman.

The second issue deals with ECHOES: a famous novel, an idiosyncratic image bank, a sound archive, and historical statements reverberate in the contributions. Artists, writers, and passionate amateurs of both continents have engaged with each other in the production of intriguing artworks, interviews, surveys, and stories. The sculptors Justine Gaga and Beate Engl for example have thought through the artistic references that inform their practice in Cameroon and Germany. The resulting objects, drafts for performances, and text collages are entitled “Echo”. They exhibit and question canonised artistic knowledge. Additionally to this project, Annette Schemmel promotes the panoply of art libraries in Western and Central Africa that were recently initiated.

Together, film-maker and artist Vincent Meessen and writer Lionel Manga appropriate the correspondence of French novelist Céline, sent from Cameroon in 1916: “Post-Script” is a fictive correspondence echoing reflecting on Céline’s dual identity as hygienist doctor and author. Under the title “Hard to Catch” Marjolijn Dijkman engages in a triangulation of photographic representations of Cameroon, ranging from the late-colonial Prunet archive to the image bank of Rose and Nicolas Eyidi to the contemporary photography by Patrick Wokmeni. Additionally, Joachim Oelsner-Adam shares his passion for the decaying audiotape boxes gathered in radio stations across the country. Finally, the political resonates in the critical contributions by artists Em’kal Eyongakpa and Stefaan Dheedene.

The bilingual journals (FR/EN) are distributed as printed matter throughout Cameroon and Europe and as digital downloads subsequently throughout 2012 and 2013.


Digital Edition and Download: ECHOES – DiARTgonale Special Edition #2
Order: 2,50 Euro + postal costs (contact
French / English, 88 p., 26 x 20 cm.
Editors: Marjolijn Dijkman and Annette Schemmel
Assistant Editors: Amélie Bouvier and Bathilde Maestracci
Contributors: Achilleka Komguen, Justine Gaga, Beate Engl, Vincent Meessen, Lionel Manga, Patrick Wokmeni, Nicolas & Rose Eyidi, Meschac Gaba, Didier Schaub, Bisi Silva, Koyo Kouoh, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Joachim Oelsner-Adam, Stefaan Dheedene, Annette Schemmel, Marjolijn Dijkman, Amélie Bouvier and Bathilde Maestracci
Support: ArtsCollaboratory, ifa
Design: Indre Klimaite