French Lecture Series -Giscard Bouchotte

4:30 PM  - 6:00 PM
Thursday Sep 14, 2017
Neill Hall 401

This lecture will shed light on the unspoken historical explanations regarding the lack of  international visibility of Haitian artists and their works at fairs and major international artistic events (Venice Biennale, Art Basel, etc.). Inspired by the exhibition CONSPICUOUS INVISIBILITY, curated at the Clément Foundation in Martinique, July 7 - August 30, 2017, we'll discuss the mechanisms at work that may explain the (political) absence of Haitian artists in international venues. Based in the works of Mario Benjamin, Maksaens Denis, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Adler Guerrier, Sasha Huber, Manuel Mathieu, Ronald Mevs, Michelange Quay, and Henry Roy, the conference will explain how the inspiration for the artists' works (visible world/invisible world), ironically contributes to placing Haiti at the heart of a "conspicuous invisibility" at major international events.

Giscard Bouchotte is an independent exhibition curator, critic, and social entrepreneur. In 2011, he curated the  Haitian Republic's first Pavillion at the Venice Biennale with the exhivition Kingdom of This World (France, Italy, USA, Martinique, Haiti). His most recent projects include Périféériques, a travelling project exploring new artistic and social practicies in peri-urban spaces (Benin, Senegal, Haiti), and the Nuits blanches in Port-au-Prince, a plea for artists to be engaged in urban initiatives. His essays have appeared in Holland (Who More Sci-Fi Than Us? exhibit) and the US (Smithsonian, Biennals and Art Practices in the Caribbean). In Haiti, he develops workshops for youth and has curated photographs by young artists in the Comoros Islands, and Guyana. He works with international public and private institutions such as the Museum Quai Branly in Paris, La Revue Noire, FOKAL and regional francophone institutions in the Caribbean. Bouchotte has also produced and directed two films, Afrique Rive Gauche  (Africa Left Bank, 2006) and La vie rêvée de Sarah (Sarah's Dreamed Life, 2007). He has assisted French filmmaker Claire Denis (and acted in her 2008 35 Rhums), and French filmmaker Charles Najman.

This Lecture will be in English.




Contact: Theresa Klauer, 6437

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: Art and Art History, French and Francophone Studies

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