“Black Skins”: Panel Discussion on Caribbean Identity through Photography



The colloquium/panel discussion “Peaux noires des images, une mémoire sans mots” [Black Skins of Images, a Memory without Words] is part of the events surrounding the ongoing exhibition “Denise Colomb aux Antilles: De la légende à la réalité, 1948-1958” (September 29-December 27, 2009, Jeu de Paume/ L’Hôtel de Sully) [see previous post Photography Exhibition: Denise Colomb aux Antilles]. The discussion will take place on Saturday, November 28, 2009, at 2:30-5:30pm at the Concorde Auditorium at 1 Place de la Concorde, Paris (there will be an entrance fee of 3 euros and space is limited).

In the field of postcolonial thought, Caribbean identity found its articulation through the words of great, engaged literary figures of the 20th century, such as Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, and Édouard Glissant, among others. This colloquium will discuss a selection of images in which these identities manifest themselves as witnesses and “signs of a history rarely transmitted and not often documented.”

The panel discussion will include Noël Bourcier, curator of the “Denise Colomb aux Antilles” exhibition, novelist and essayist Daniel Maximin, writer and philosopher Alain Ménil, French art historian Anne Lafont, and University College of London art historian Tamar Garb.

For more information, see serviceculturel@jeudepaume.org

Information on the exhibition is available at http://www.jeudepaume.org/

You may also access a guided tour of Denise Colomb’s photographic archives at www.mediatheque-patrimoine.culture.gouv.fr

Photo: Denise Colomb’s “Buveurs de punch” (Martinique, 1948) from http://www.jeudepaume.org/?page=article&sousmenu=73&idArt=1114&lieu=7&PHPSESSID=077bdbe761fe878f96bd13a797556

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