Artistic Creativity, Artists and Development

The second round table, which was moderated by Jean Pierre Bekolo, was entitled “Artistic Creativity, Artists and Development”, and the main speakers included Pascal Marthine Tayou, Yves Eyaa and Ferdinand Ossende Ateba.
Bekolo opined that various “ideologies” exists within the artistic milieu, and he wondered if these different opinions could be related within the context of the seminar with regard to a common interest to foster “development”. He pointed out basic questions concerning the thought of ‘migration’ as a social, political, psychological and artistic phenomenon and concept – migration as a common intercultural topic which relates necessarily different perspectives, perceptions and experiences of “being at home” and being in the “diaspora”, perspectives which influence as well in a very specific manner an understanding of “development” from different cultural points of view.

The first speaker, Pascal Marthine Tayou underlined the importance to make sure that artistic projects “at home” should operate like artistic projects in the “diaspora” in the professional sense of an artistic project. General Criteria would be the following:  artistic projects need to have an intellectual angle, question pertinent issues and be economically viable.

Yves Eyaa, the second speaker, presented to the public the approach of a structure geared towards artistic and commercial promotion of Cameroonian fashion and design: the Center of Fashion and Design Creators in Cameroon. Creative industries structures encourage in his opinion consumption by existing in areas of corresponding demands and interests responding and connecting them in order to create synergies.

The third speaker, Ferdinand Ateba Ossende, underlined that new economic “orders” cannot be developed without new cultural concepts and approaches, thus, culture is in his opinion a pillar of social and economic development.






The reaction of the participants at the end of the round-table was multifarious and the discussion reflected the importance of a continuous dialogue. According to Joël Mpah Dooh, the consumption of “local” artistic creations can create an economic impact, and he used the economically successful Nigerian cinema industry to justify his point. David Simo highlighted the general fact that the production of art causes people to constantly evaluate themselves because art transcends reality, given that artists are constantly seeking to invent different ways of interpreting the world around them. He further stated, to illustrate his point, the role artists played in the structurization  of European nations in the 19 century.