Exhibition: Séraphin’s Secret Doors Opus 1/Katabasis

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Séraphin presents his new exhibition Secret Doors Opus 1/Katabasis. It opened yesterday, October 27, 2009, and will be on view until December 3 at L’Appart, 6, Papin Dupont Street in Fort-de-France, Martinique. L’Appart-Curiosités Caribéennes is a cultural center/café/smoothies bar/nightclub/gallery specializing in Caribbean fare, including food, music, and art. It is open Mondays through Thursdays from 5:00pm to midnight; Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00pn to 2:00am.

Secret Doors Opus 1/Katabasis presents an artistic view of the mythological theme of the descent to the hells. Through the lenses of painting and photography, Séraphin shares his mythic vision. He invites the visitor to the center of his installation as a participant. The observer “is encouraged to see according to one’s own view, to develop one’s own interpretation, and to imagine one’s own trajectory.” The work takes the form of a voyage; paintings and photographs guide us in a descent to hell, a trip along which we ask ourselves what hell really is. “With great audacity, Séraphin, proposes a plunge into the depths by opening secret doors to a veritable black hole.” It is a trajectory to follow at one’s own rhythm across abysses, along the River Styx, in a stage of eternal rest at the heart of the Elysian Fields, and then to the heavens.

Séraphin is a Martinican artist interested in myths and mythology. After three years in Paris specializing in design, he returned to Martinique to dedicate himself fully to painting and photography. Secret Doors Opus 1/Katabasis is his second installation after Terre d’Asiles (with photographer Nicolas Derné), which was presented in March 2009 in Fort-de-France.

For full reviews (in French), see http://martinique.coconews.com/actualite-martinique,exposition-de-seraphin,441.html and http://www.martinique.franceantilles.fr/actualite/culture/une-vision-artistique-de-la-descente-aux-enfers-27-10-2009-49193.php

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