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Louisiana Songs

Louisiana Songs is the fruit of an artistic residency in the United States. These diptychs combine photographs of African Americans taken in photo studios in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with landscapes taken during the residency. These portraits show descendants of slaves, “free” but still economically and socially enslaved, with nonexistent or flouted civil and political rights.

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This artistic work freezes the photographic imprint before their emulsions disappear definitively. He questions the identity, memories and landscapes of Louisiana, mirrors of these faces as anonymous as were the rare photographs of slaves torn from their African lands and who had lost their names.

This residence was the subject of an international traveling exhibition (France, Cameroon, United States) as part of the European project Tostem. Residence and exhibition are on the initiative of the Nantes association, Les Anneaux de la Mémoire.

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