'Les princes de la ville', photography
Born in 1993 and comming from the southern suburbs of Paris, I was very quickly attracted, from an early age by the visual arts.
Self-taught, passionate and curious, I gradually forged a strong eclectic personal universe.
After a first year of Art License at the Saint Denis University (Paris 8), I discovered and enrolled in 2013, the Ateliers des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris. An enriching teaching where I experimented all kinds of practices like painting, and photography which became my mediums of choice. The following year, I left the capital for the École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne (EESAB) in Rennes, where I get my DNAP in 2017. Professional formative years, that helped me to participate in various group exhibitions (Material Reality and Déconnexion at the Vanessa Quang Gallery in Paris, Fraction at the Hotel Pasteur in Rennes, Partout où at the Pablo Néruda Malakoff Media Library) and workshop (Growing Up and playing with art at the Jean Jaures nursery school in Malakoff).
For almost 3 years, I have been conducting a plastic project focusing on the question of «colonization of body and mind through the media». A term used by the afrodescendent artist Daniel Dean, which puts social networks, beauty standards and distortion in tension.
Between physical changes resulting from extreme aesthetic surgeries, selfies and beauty trends, the interest for me is to see the impact of a beauty model overexposure on the current society.
So many tools and practices that favor my artistic creation. In addition I am also interested in the 2.0 sub-culture from Internet platforms. The latter becomes not only a working tool for me but also a way to explore the immeasurable complexity of our contemporary societies. Distribution, circulation and daily use of online information, mass publication of articles and images are observations of our today society. I find myself confronted by the omnipresence of the latter, which lead me to be more interested in the impact the mass-media can have.
In addition, I am strongly challenged by the use and impact of art in the black community. I gradually develop a particular interest for the works of afrodescendant committed artists that have a decolonial approach such as Emory Douglas, Barkley l. Hendricks, Kehinde Wiley or Seydoux Keïta, who inspire me in my artistic practice.
A multitude of influences that at first push me to use various mediums - such as photography, painting or screen printing - but also allows me to develop a unique style close to the aesthetics of Kitsch and the Post Internet movement.
My work is still changing and I want to deepen it in time. Indeed, with my first questions and researchs conducted these latter years, I began to focus more on notions of identification and self-representation.
Born of immigrant Cape Verdean parents, since my childhood I am torned between an african tradition inculcated at home on one hand and a western education given at school on the other hand.
It is this double culture strongly present, that leads me to question my identity and the place I occupy in society.
This path of thought continues to be refined over the years, which allowed me to direct my subject and research project, currently focused on the codes of representation and identification of racialized and black people.
I put in tension in my researches and experiments, several notions like the Infobesity, the Appearance or the Alienation. Between self-representation and everyday life staging, I share a singular perception of our contemporary society.