“Echo-Natures”

The theme of the second edition aims at deconstructing stereotypes of the Caribbean by exploring the deep characteristics and the essence of the Caribbean through different beings, shapes and environments. Analyzing how these Caribbean Natures, encountered in insular, continental and diasporic contexts, resonate together with the rest of the world, in reference to the Echo-World of Edouard Glissant .1

 

  1. [i] « “It has been a long time since we guessed the world of order and disorder, which we have projected in measure and excess. But all poetics would leave us to believe this, which is certainly not false: that there is also a disproportion of order, a measure of disorder. The only detectable stabilities in the Relation concern the solidarity of the cycles that are played out there, the correspondence of the drawings of their movement. Analytical thought is invited to construct sets, whose integral variances reconstitute the entire game. These sets are not models, but revealing echoes-worlds. Thinking makes music.
    The work of William Faulkner, the song of Bob Marley, the theories of Benoît Mandelbrot are echoe-worlds. The painting of Lam, in confluence, or of Matta, in tear, the architecture of Chicago and also the disorder of the barrios of Rio or Caracas, the Cantos of Ezra Pound, but also the march of the pupils of Soweto are echoe-worlds.

CURATORS

Jean-Marc Hunt

Jean-Marc Hunt is a Guadeloupian visual artist born in Strasbourg (France) in 1975. He now lives and works in Guadeloupe.

Jean-Marc Hunt grew up in the suburbs making his mark in graffiti and in rap music. In 2003, he settles down in Guadeloupe where he forges his neo-expressionistic figurative style.

His work reveals a turbulent art in an often ironic demonstration. Working in various media, from drawing and painting to sculpture and installations, he proceeds by series, accumulation, and misappropriation, as inseparable components. Jean Marc has been included in many group exhibitions in Europe, in the Caribbean and in the United-States; he has also participated in several art residences which prompted him to build monumental creations in sculpture and painting. In 2015, he is awarded Knight in the order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the French Republic.

Giscard Bouchotte

Giscard Bouchotte is a Haitian curator and filmmaker. He is also a critic, and social entrepreneur. In 2011, Giscard curated the Haitian Republic’s first Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with the exhibition Haiti Kingdom of This World (France, Italy, USA, Martinique, and Haiti). His most recent projects include Périféériques and the Nuit Blanche in Port-au-Prince; the former is a travelling project exploring new artistic and social practices in peri-urban spaces (Benin, Senegal, Haiti), while the latter is a plea for artists to be engaged in urban initiatives.

After having studied ten years in Paris (Master 2, Cultural Management at University Paris-Dauphine), Giscard Bouchotte returns to Haiti in 2013 where he builds a sustained reflection on the power of chaos through his critical texts, exhibitions and artistic actions – where politics fail, artistic action serves as a tool generating a burst of civic creativity.

During the Nuit Blanche, which he curates each year in Port-au-Prince, he invites international and local artists to transform the city, half-destroyed by the earthquake, into a playground. His essays have appeared in Holland (Who More Sci-Fi Than Us? exhibit) and in the United-States (Smithsonian, Biennals and Art Practices in the Caribbean).

While in Haiti, he also develops workshops, he curates exhibitions of photographic works by emerging artists in the Comoros Islands, and Guyana, and partners with international public and private institutions in the Caribbean.

Giscard Bouchotte produced and directed three films, Africa Left Bank (2006), Sarah’s Dreamed Life, (2007) and Tap Tap Chéri (2017), and has worked alongside French filmmakers Claire Denis (and acted in her 2008 35 Rhums) and Charles Najman.

Marie Vickles

Marie Vickles is an artist and curator living and working in Miami. She is the Knight Associate Director of Education, School, Outreach and Studio Programs at Pérez Art Museum Miami, an independent curator, and artist living in Miami, Florida. In addition to her role as a museum educator, she is the Curator-in-Residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Marie has administered and organized arts educational programs, workshops and exhibitions across the United States and the Caribbean for over 15 years. In her work she is concerned with the development of new ways to bridge the connections between creativity and community engagement, with the goal of encouraging livability through the arts.