French Caribbean photographer Jacky “Kija” Gotin opens his new exhibition “Mascarade” [Masquerade] on June 18 at the Centre Culturel de la Retraite, Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe. It will be on view until June 24, 2010.
“Mascarade” is a series of 35 photos organized in three sections—Dusk, Metamorphosis, and Dawn—and accompanied by quotes from he works of Aimé Césaire, Khalil Gibran, Maryse Condé, Les Nubians, and others. About the exhibition Gotin says: “Sometimes we are forced to wear masks in order to fit right into society, to be well seen in some groups. We develop many identities (at work, in the family, with friends, on social networks). But at the end of the day, do we know who we really are? ‘Mascarade’ is about the fact that sometimes people can move away from who they really are and get lost.”
Gotin explains: “My photography is about the identity. As a West Indian, I was born on an island with a Caribbean background, but with African, European, American influences. I guess my photography is about the need to define myself without denying my roots.”
Jacky Kija Gotin was born in Guadeloupe in 1980, lived in Paris, and moved back to his beloved island. He worked with African and Caribbean musicians such as Kaysha, Edgar Yonkeu, Erik, Meemee Nelzy, and Dominik Coco, and learned photography following photographers working in soul and jazz concerts in France.
For full article, see http://afroeurope.blogspot.com/2010/06/masquerade-photo-exhibit-about-identity.html
For the artist’s website, see http://kijaphoto.com/home.html
For more of Kija’s photographic work, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/kijaboy/page1/