Pascale Obolo

Pascale Obolo

Film director

  • Culture of memory, Postcolonial art production, Decolonisation, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Yaoundé (Cameroon)

Pascale Obolo is an independent film-maker, curator and editor of the art magazine Afrikadaa. Born in Yaoundé́, Cameroon, she studied film production at the Conservatoire libre du cinéma Français and then gained a master’s degree at the University of Paris VIII in the department of experimental film. The feminist film-maker brings her own perspective to the portrayal of women in artistic contexts. Her films won prizes at numerous festivals. As an activist, her work throws memories into question and is dedicated to the themes of identity, exile, invisibility. Pascale Obolo is driven by passion for the visual arts to produce and stage “film objects”, because she refuses to be pigeonholed into a film genre. Her film Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle won the silver Yennega prize at the Fespaco Festival in the documentary field in March 2013. Her latest work scrutinises archives through the construction of historical narratives from a postcolonial perspective, through visual and cultural representations of political and economic history, through photography, video and performance. In her stories she looks at memories and their effects on the societies of today. Pascale Obolo is the founder of Afrikadaa, a magazine for contemporary African art. She is also director of the African Art Book Fair (AABF), an independent publishing fair that concentrates on practical editing skills and supports unique publications of a high quality. Pascale Obolo tutors workshops run by the Magasin des horizons in Grenoble and is a member of the Academic Council of the art school on Réunion Island.

Pascale Obolo at the Latitude Festival:

Decolonize Architecture Now / by Pascale Obolo

Contributions by Pascale Obolo