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Art History and Slavery: A Discussion with the Artist Edouard Duval-Carrié

prueba - 29 April, 2021


Curator and Scholar Prof. Anthony Bogues and Duval-Carrié have collaborated for over a decade on a series of important exhibitions, catalogues tracking Black diasporic roots and routes across the Caribbean, the US, and more recently in South Africa. In this trans-Atlantic circuit, Haiti remains for Duval-Carrié and Bogues a common ground of sorts, a frame of reference – geographic, political, and deeply historical – marking for them, in its self-articulation and history, a certain Black experiment in freedom which began with the dual Haitian revolution.

Painter, sculptor, educator and curator Edouard Duval-Carrié was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and migrated with his family to Puerto Rico during the Francois Duvalier dictatorship. Duval-Carrié’s work challenges the viewer to make meaning of dense iconography derived from Caribbean history, politics and religion, and to encounter the complexities of the Caribbean and its diaspora. His mixed media works and installations present migrations and transformations both human and spiritual. His works ask the viewer to complicate the Western canon and to consider how Africa has shaped the Americas and how the Caribbean has shaped the modern world. This conversation between artist and scholar will cover issues around how the artist works and what are his themes. The artist will also reflect on his vast corpus during his discussion with Tony and a virtual gallery walk.

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