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Action in the mangrove


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Action aux trois Îlets


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Action aux trois Îlets


Resilience

In 2012, she is invited to make an action in Fort-de-France (Martinique). She lived into the hotel The Empress. Quickly, the artist is interested in history and in the character of Josephine de Beauharnais (more known under the title of the empress Josephine, first wife of Napoleon Ier). Born in 1871 in Martinique, it is considered to be a symbol of pride for békés (the descendants of the European colonists). However the character is pulled between two readings of the history, if she is admired by a part of the Antillean, she is also subject to controversy. She would have supposedly played a leading role in the re-establishment of slavery in the French colonies. One can note that she had grown in a context where the dominated-predominant report was well established into the Antillean society. She was born in Martinique after the colonization, besides; her family had hundreds of slaves in her fields of sugar cane. In the middle of Fort-de-France, in the garden of the Savannah, located not far from the hotel The Empress, was built in 1859 a sculpture of Gabriel Vital-Dubray for the effigy of Josephine. It was well seen in the XIXth century, it is then strongly disparaged from 1970s (period corresponding to decolonization), to be finally decapitated in September, 1991. The skin covered with a layer of brownish painting, the artist walked from the hotel to the sculpture. In front of Josephine that is decapitated, armed with a "traditional" whip, she strove to whip the empress during about twenty minutes. Violently, she attacked a colonial and pro-slavery symbol to cause debate, to underline possible contradictions and to liberate public words on a highly sensitive subject.

Julie Crenn
Curator Pool art fair

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Action in the mangrove


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Action for Anse Cafard


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Flogging Joséphine


Sculpture
Joséphine