Black West Indian Paris under the gaze of the avant-garde. Brassaï, André Masson, Wifredo Lam
During the inter-war period, when international exhibitions allowed West Indian artists to exhibit their work in Paris, a black and mixed-race, alternative, subversive and anti-colonialist way of thinking also emerged under the pen of Gilbert Gratiant, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire or Léon-Gontran Damas. This lecture will focus on the way avant-garde artists look at Black Caribbean Paris. It will also show the influence of cubism and surrealism in the emergence of an aesthetic of negritude (Picasso, Breton, Lam, Masson, Pelc) in the Caribbean.
Christelle Lozère is a lecturer in Art History at the University of the West Indies. Winner of the Musée d'Orsay Prize, her research focuses on the history of West Indian art in the context of slavery and post-slavery in the 19th and 20th centuries. She runs the "Actors, images and thoughts in networks between Europe and the Caribbean" programme of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme. She is also a guest researcher at the INHA and the Clark Art Institute (Massachusetts). She contributed to the book Paris Créole, son histoire, ses écrivains, ses artistes XVIIIe-XXe siècle (ed. Érick Noël, 2020), and will soon publish her book: La croisière du Tricentenaire des Antilles. Construction d'une fiction transatlantique (2022).
20 December 2021 at 6:30pm
Lecture in French
Online or on site at the Giacometti Lab, 9 rue Victor Schœlcher 75014 Paris