Gérald Toto’s Video “Away Alive” Is A Desert Dream

Let’s hit the Tozeur Desert

Photo: Benoit Peverelli

French-Antillean artist Gérald Toto explores the notions of identity and freedom in Tunisia’s Tozeur Desert in his new video “Away Alive.” Shot by directors R&D and Paris-based production company La Sucrerie, “Away Alive” follows Gérald ruminating his own existence as he faces the fear of loneliness and emptiness. But the tension quickly changes as he starts embracing the freedom that one can find in the vast landscape. Watch below:

In regards to the video, Gérald explained, “The desert is an allegorical dream. An inner space where one seems initially lost, without reference or bearings, before finding, within, an anchor point from which to walk. With a heart open to all encounters.”

Gérald started playing the guitar and bass by the age of ten and even used a student loan to build his own home studio. He started collaborating with artists Lokua and Bona back in 2005, which eventually led to their critically acclaimed 2017 album Bondeko. “Away Alive” is from his latest new album Sway, which is out now via No Førmat. He has a show coming up early January, so go see him if you’re in Paris:

1/10 – Le Hasard Ludique (Paris, France)