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22 novembre 2017
IAM – Intense Art Magazine

SUD – Douala repense l’Humain dans l’urbain

02 juillet 2017


“Avec son mari, Didier Schaub, elle a contribué à faire palpiter le cœur artistique de Douala, irriguant le monde de la création contemporaine bien au-delà de la ville et du Cameroun. Portrait d’une combattante infatigable – deuxième d’une série de documents consacrés à trois femmes puissantes du continent et de la diaspora.”

June 24th 2017

MAKING DOUALA 2007-2017 – Travelling exhibition Triennial SUD – Salon Urbain de Douala: addressing public space in the city of Douala, Cameroon

June 25th – July 9th, 2017
Ausstellungsraum Klingental
Kasernenstrasse 23, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

Opening: June 24th, 6pm with an opening speech by Marilyn Douala Manga Bell, doual’art and the book presentation of Public Art in Africa. Art et transformations urbaines à Douala /// Art and Urban Transformations in Douala (Metis Presses, 2017) by its editor, Iolanda Pensa.

MAKING DOUALA 2007-2017 explores the relationship between artistic production and urban transformation in Africa. It does so through the remarkable experience of SUD – Salon Urbain de Douala, an international triennial festival dedicated to public art that was inaugurated in 2007 in Douala, Cameroon, and that has brought a conspicuous number of Cameroonian and international artists to engage with communities of various neighborhoods and the public spaces these relate to in the city.

SUD – Salon Urbain de Douala 
MAKING DOUALA 2007-2017 presents projects and events that have been realized for SUD in 2007, 2010 and 2013 as well as proposals collected for the forthcoming SUD 2017 edition, entitled “The Human Dimension” and planned to take place in December from the 5th to the 10th. SUD as a festival stems from the longtime commitment of doual’art, a non profit cultural organization and art center founded in Douala in 1991 by Didier Schaub and Marilyn Douala Bell, that is dedicated to new urban practices in African cities and to promoting public art. Projects realised for SUD pursue various objectives, including addressing the issue of collective cultural identity by re-installing historical awareness, undertaking infrastructural public interventions or providing inventive solutions to concrete problems, creating identity to areas, locations or places, and improving the public space through public events and shared experiences. SUD is carried out by doual’art in collaboration with ICU art projects, an international artistic project organization based in the Netherlands, & Lucas Grandin.


“Public Art in Africa examines the role and the impact of art on urban transformation through the introduction of a wide range of contemporary artworks created since 1991 in the Cameroonian city of Douala. These artworks were produced as part of the activities of doual’art, which holds the Salon Urbain de Douala (SUD) every three years and is at the very core of the experience of public art in the city.”

Public Art in Africa


16 février 2017
Publication sur la préparation du SUD2017 et les ateliers de peinture et dessin
Préparation du SUD2017

15 février 2017
IAM – Intense Art Magazine
Article de Claire Nini sur la performance de Michèle Magema.

« Picturing (THE) stories » de Michèle Magema : Prélude au Salon Urbain de Douala 2017

29 October 2016
ICU art projects · International Collaborative Urban art projects
Post about the artists visit in Douala in preparation for the SUD2017

Ars&Urbis doual’art October 2016



Avril 2012
ICU art projects · International Collaborative Urban art projects
Publication about the travelling exhibition Making Douala 2007-2013. A publication that covers the projects of the public art festival SUD2007 and SUD2010 in Douala. With contributions by amongst others doual’art​ (Marilyn Douala Bell), ICU art projects, Simon Njami, Iolanda Pensa and Berend van der Lans.

Making Douala 2007-2013

More infos about the Exhibition

Making Douala 2007-2013


June 2012
RAW Material Company

Making Douala 2007-2013 exhibition project is about the way art can reveal the city. It’s about the influence of artistic interventions in the public space of this huge city of the center of Africa and how it affects  the daily life of the city-dwellers as well as their perception of the city. For twenty years, the role of doual art, contemporary art center of Douala, was to work on the realization of art works in the public place. In a city where the planning is slow, the architecture is almost absent, and where the procedures are informal even when they emanate from the very municipality. This exhibition presents a variety of narratives, movies, photos and images of the city and art works realised or in progress so creates a raising awareness to the public place in Africa. In association with doual’ art, ICU art projects and Lucas Grandin with the involvment of Aser Kash, Ato Malinda, Bili Bidjocka, Hervé Youmbi, Kamiel Verschuren, Koko Komegné, Lucas Grandin, Pascale Martine Tayou, Younes Rahmoun, Tracey Rose

Lucas Grandin
Article sur le Jardin Sonore de Bonamouti

Jardin Sonore