Martinique’s 1st International Biennial of Contemporary Art


Martinique will soon inaugurate the first iteration of its International Biennial of Contemporary Art [la Biennale d’Art Contemporain (BIAC)] which runs from November 22, 2013 to January 1, 2014, in Fort-de-France, Saint-Pierre, and Trois-Ilets. Under the guiding principle of establishing a dialogue between visual arts and literature, this first edition intends to become a meeting place between the arts, the community, and creative spaces Marjory Adenet-Jouvet (France-Antilles) writes:

Under the dome of the Schoelcher Library, an installation attracts attention, while at the Gallery Tout’Koulé in the Pottery Village, strange diaphanous robes blow in the wind of memory; there, a graffiti artist seizes a section of wall surrounded by a groove of jazz and urban music. Artists are present in open dialogue with the public. They engage with each other in an exchange for different creations. From the United States, Europe, Martinique, [and the rest of the Caribbean], artists, sculptors, photographers live in one place, Martinique, where their inspiration enters into dialogue with the texts of Césaire, Glissant, and more … They renew our vision of the city, contruct another way to pull in crowds. With intersecting workshops, installations, exhibitions, creations-in-progress in situ, and other activities, BIAC Martinique aims to place art in the heart of the city, Fort-de-France, as well as in Trois-llets, Saint-Pierre, and Morne-Rouge. How does “place” affect artistic creation? This island question is met and fertilized by the Caribbean cultural maelstrom, a preface to a relationship between diverse dialogues.

As director of the BIAC Johanna Auguiac-Célénice explains, “BIAC Martinique, driven by the Regional Council, was born with the centennial celebration of Aimé Césaire, and it seemed to me important to link literature and visual arts to the cries of the world.” The organization of such an artistic event seems to meet various objectives: among them, to promote Martinican artists and to position Martinique in the international market circuit of contemporary art.

During the Biennale, certain iconic urban areas will be revisited by artists in three main areas— Fort-de-France : Place de la cascade / Trénelle-Citron. Place Abbé Grégoire / Terres Sainville. Bibliothèque Schoelcher / Fort-de-France Centre. Espace Camille Darsières / Fort-de-France Centre. Théâtre Aimé Césaire / Fort-de-France Centre. Place Monseigneur Romero / Fort-de-France Centre. Esplanade de l’Atrium / Fort-de-France Centre. Malecon et la Savane / Fort-de-France Centre. Entrée de la ville, Bd Alfassa & pont Bd Attuly / Fort-de-France Centre. Mur du collège Julia Nicolas / Fort-de-France Centre. Escaliers-rue Amareuse / Dillon. Saint-Pierre : Ruines du fort. Ruines de l’angle Victor Hugorue Petit Versailles. Vestiges du théâtre. Par vis de l’église (ruines). Place Bertin. Trois-Ilets : Pagerie. Rond-point de l’entrée du bourg. Marché de l’hôtel de ville. Petite place Débarcadère. Mur du plateau sportif JP Pinville. Musée de la canne.

For full article (in the original French), see and

Image above: Photograph by participating artist René Peña. See

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