Michel Bitimbhe is a Cameroonian artist and performer. He studied at the Université de Yaoundé II in Sao and has collaborated with many artists based in Douala and Yaoundé. Bitimbhe is known for his work producing and co-hosting cultural programs broadcast on various radio stations in Yaoundé. Since 2008, he has been director of the RAVY festival (Rencontre des Arts Visuels de Yaoundé). He was also one of the coordinators of the Bakassi Peninsul’art artistic intervention project held in 2012 in Limbe and again in 2014 in Tiko and Idenau in southwestern Cameroon as well as in Limbe. In 2016, he participated in a performance art training workshop that explored the subject of the environment. He is currently studying art history at the Institut de formation artistique (IFA) in Mbalmayo.
FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to co-present Ruth Belinga (performance), Michel Bitimbhe (video) and Serge Olivier Fokua (performance) from Cameroon in the context of FAAS: À Qui? Sudbury’s 6th Fair of Alternative Art (October 24–26, 2018) and in collaboration with AXENÉ07 and RIAP.
Every two years since 2008, the Fair of Alternative Art in Sudbury (FAAS) has occupied and transformed a public space in the nickel city’s downtown. Invited artists are challenged to complete new works over the course of the festival and according to each edition’s concept and theme.
PRESENTING PARTNERS of FAAS: À Qui? Aboriginal Curatorial Collective AXENÉ07 BRAVO Centre Bang Dare-Dare Debajehmujig Creation Centre FADO Performance Art Centre Gallery 101 Galerie Louise Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario Galerie Sans Nom ImagoL’Écart lieu d’art actuel Myths and Mirrors Perte de signal RIAPRuben Cohen Voix visuelle
INVITED ARTISTS: Martin Beauregard (Montréal), Ruth Belinga (Cameroon), Michel Bitimbhe (Cameroon), Mathieu Boucher Côté (Moncton), John Court (Finland), Quill Christie-Peters (Canada), Raven Davis (Canada), John Deneuve (France), Marika Drolet-Ferguson (Moncton), Anyse Ducharme (Sturgeon Falls), Serge Olivier Fokoua (Cameroon), Patrick Harrop (Sudbury), Jérôme Havre (Toronto), Terrance Houle (Calgary), Camille Larivée (Canada), Salifou Lindou (Cameroon), Geneviève Massé (Montréal), Laurie McGauley (Sudbury), Joseph Muscat (Toronto), Yanie Porlier (Ottawa), Les Poulpes (Chicoutimi, Montréal and St-Émile-de-Suffolk), Rah (Toronto), Cora-Rae Silk (Sudbury), Cheryl Rondeau (Toronto), Laura Taler (Toronto), Camille Usher (Canada), Jean-Ambroise Vesac (Rouyn-Noranda), Clayton Windatt (Canada) and many others!
This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?