Yann Toma has been an artist-observer at the UN since 2007, when Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon granted him permanent resident status. He is invited to all diplomatic meetings where he collects information, Artistic Energy (AE) that he transforms into works of art anywhere in the world.
In this quality of investigation, Yann Toma sits since 2007 within the United Nations Organization as an observer-artist, having as such offices at the very location of the headquarters of the international organization in New York. Invited to all the general assemblies, the security council and other meetings organized by the U.N., he follows the interventions in the manner of a legal chronicler, sketching the heads of state and other political figures who parade there as well as the members of civil society who make a communication there.
Back at the studio, Yann Toma - who has access to a dedicated audiovisual site that retranscribes all the speeches of the latter - listens to them again, noting their strongest words while drawing their portrait with charcoal on paper, writing their name, their function, the day of their intervention and some of their key words in capital letters. In this way, he has created a whole gallery of personalities - for example, the 150 heads of state who attended the 69th General Assembly in September 2014 - with a singular force of expression, which he refers to as Statementset, a generic term that plays on the characteristic features of his models because they were captured on the spot and retranscribed afterwards during the re-visioning. While balancing between reality and memory, the portraits of Yann Toma do not fail to translate a presence, especially since the words that adorn them give them not only a plastic resonance but the sound of a committed voice.