FIAP 2017

FIAP 2017
The Festival International d’Art Performance (International Performance Art Festival), FIAP2017, was held in Martinique in April 2017.

Organized by curators Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut, in a desire to combine the theory of performance art history and performance itself, the festival displayed some thirty art critics, academics, performers from Europe, the Caribbean, North America and Latin America. It was a week of sharing, discoveries and real creations. In addition to the round table discussions, there were performances done out of the gallery context, performed at the l’hôtel l’Impératrice itself, at the Schœlcher library; in urban areas, in the streets of Fort-de-France; and at the Savane des Pétrifications.
Prior to FIAP2017, there were also five scheduled events combining performance with conferences and lectures. This was done in order to explain what performance art is, to make it accessible and to allow the public of Martinique to embrace this practice still young.

The artists
  • Gwladys Gambie
  • Ana Monteiro
  • Ange Bonello
  • Marvin Fabien
  • Annabel Gueredrat
  • Alejandro Chellet
  • Erik Hokanson
  • Jill McDermid
  • Henri Tauliaut
  • Ayana Evans
  • Audrey Phibel
  • Tif Robinette
  • Ian Deleon
  • Nyugen Smith
  • Myk Henry
  • Nancy Gewolb
Alejandro Chellet

Alejandro Chellet is a multidisciplinary artist working with the misplaced core principles of coexistence that result in the loss of connection with Nature cycles that we live on the political and environmental context of urban societies. In addition to body art he is a social practitioner who develops in the cultural and permacultural networks, interacting with individuals and collectives in alternative communities like squats, ecologists, artists hubs, activists, gallerists, cultural entrepreneurs and shamans. Currently his work is shown in the Americas and Europe, particularly developing exhibitions, performances and urban interventions projects in cities like New York, London, Sao Paulo and, Mexico City.

Erik Hokanson

Lives and works in New York City. Director/Co-Founder, Grace Exhibition
Space, Brooklyn.

Gwladys Gambie

Born in 1988 (Martinique). Lives and works in Martinique. Graduated
in 2014, Campus Caraïbéen des Arts (Martinique).

Ayana Evans

“My art explores the intricacies of my life; as an individual and as a social being who is: a woman, a Black American woman, a light skin Black American woman, a light skin black American woman from Chicago, blah blah blah. YOU get the idea. I’m an artist. (period) Conceptual ish is my «thing.» This is where I share some of my thoughts, projects, and inspirations freely”

Audrey Phibel

Performance artist native of Guadeloupe, lives and works in Guadeloupe. In the work that develops Audrey Phibel, the body is the place and the challenge of the artistic action. The body is no longer represented but presented, pushing its own limits. Each performance refers to one or several actions that take place in time. This time supposes movement or narration without coming to terms with it, though. It operates «displacements” through the performance.

Annabel Gueredrat

Performer choreographer, living and working in Martinique, practitioner in Body Mind Centering®. In 2003, she created and worked for the company ARTINCIDENCE. In 2006, she led dance actions in the field of prostitution, prison, education, medical and socio-humanitarian. Her questions then focus on the body politic and the social posture of Black and Métis women on the set.

Ange Bonello

Resides in Martinique for about twenty years. In a «self-taught-instinctive» approach, the work of Ange Bonello is nourished by two influences, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. His research led him regularly to Haiti where he photographs the energy that runs through his work. Without any judgement on another and by tapping into the reflection of identity, he allows one to see through different medium that he appropriates. Sculpture, video, performance, painting, are all elements that he displays. The Human Being is his soil.

Ana Monteiro

Ana Monteiro is a portuguese choreographer, performer and researcher working in inter disciplinary fields across diverse mediums and contexts, currently partaking in PhD Artistic Studies at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. […]  She has been interested in exploring modes of perceiving and doing dwelling on the tension between division: theory/practice, reality/fiction, ethics/aesthetics, specialization/amateurism, human/nonhuman, individual/collective, life/art. […] She approaches choreography as expanded practice and a relational field.

Henri Tauliaut

Born in 1967 in Abymes in Guadeloupe. Lives and works in Martinique. Visual artist, performer, researcher, doctor in plastic arts, professor at the Higher School of Visual Arts of Martinique (CCA), researcher on Bio art, Henri is also co-director with his partner A. Guérédrat, of the first International Festival of Performance Art (FIAP Martinique) and has also co-created the laboratories of performance art in the savannah of petrifications for 3 years.

Tif Robinette

Tif Robinette (aka AGROFEMME) (NYC) (b. 1986, West Virginia) is a multi-disciplinary artist who builds narratives of longing, erotic subversion, and radical intimacy through drawing, photography, and performance.

Nyugen Smith

Performer and visual artist, living and working in the New Jersey, USA, Nyugen is from Haïti and Trinidad and Tobago origins. […] He is influenced by the combination of African cultural practices and the remnants of European colonial rule in the region. Responding to the legacy of this particular environment, Nyugen’s work considers imperialist practices of oppression, violence and misleading ideologies. While exposing audiences to concealed narratives, he aims to destabilize constructed frameworks from which this conversation is often held.

Marvin Fabien

Marvin Fabien was a contemporary multimedia artist, an university teacher and Ph.d candidate in Aesthetics and Art Sciences at Université des Antilles, Martinique. As a multimedia artist, his work questioned the aesthetics and the archetypes of popular music culture in the Caribbean. Through his digital performances he created musical spaces that he directed by creating live interaction between bodies, sound, light, and video mapping. Through the idea of “Bouyon” (meaning a soup with one in all), a type of music from his island Dominica, he created archetypal figures suggested by moving bodies allured by the glitters and the lights.

Hector Canonge

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Action Art, and Social Practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. […]

Myk Henry

Myk Henry is originally from Dublin, Ireland and moved to New York in 1984. From 1989-1992 Henry was part of the immersionism movement which instigated the birth of several warehouse art events involving hundreds of artists and thousands of spectators. […] As a performer Henry investigates the audience’s sense of social and political awareness and engages them in a transformative process. Investigating the thin divide between private and public space, his work is provocative, edgy and slams the viewer into the center of political issues, social conditioning and human taboos. […]

Ian Déléon

Ian Deleón (NYC) (b. 1987, Miami) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Tif Robinette. Together they are the curators at PULSAR Performance.

Nancy Gewolb

Nancy Gewölb lives and works in Valparaiso, Chile. Visual artist dedicated to performance, living art and installations, she investigates, responds and interacts with her physical, social and cultural environment. Her performance work combines her body’s action with simple and / or complex objects and in this way creates a dialogue between her and the environment. Nancy Gewolb has been working in ephemeral art since the 1980s: «That’s when I met performance art, just to learn that I’m still doing this mix of being alive and to be dead at the same wonderful moment. Let art be a «petite mort.» Nancy develops a unique trademark based on interaction with the viewer. […]

Jill McDermid

Born in 1966, lives and works in New York. Jill McDermid’s work consists of creating spaces, Each installation is equipped with sound, projections, and monitors of performance. Moving a piece to a story unfolds slowly. Her plays are more or less autobiographical and always play in the sphere of pathos and fun. McDermid Jill also runs two New York gallery, Grace Exhibition Space and Alice Chilton Gallery in Brooklyn, as an extension of her artistic activity.

The art critics
  • Anne Catherine Berry
  • Olivia Berthon
  • Maria Eléna Ortiz
  • Vanessa Hernandez Gracia
  • Marsha Pearce
  • Raphaël Cuir
  • Gérard Mayen
  • Thomas Cepitelli
  • Dominique Berthet
  • Seph Rodney
Dominique BERTHET
is a Doctor in Aesthetics and Sciences of the art (University of Paris I), Doctor in Philosophy (University of Paris I). Professor of Universities at the University of the West Indies. Currently Director of the Doctoral School 588 (University of the West Indies) Founder of the C.E.R.E.A.P. And the journal Recherches en Esthétique. Member of the C.R.I.L.L.A.S.H. (Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts, Humanities and Languages) EA 4095 University of the West Indies. Research associate at Institut ACTE / Arts, Creations, Theories, Aesthetics (UMR 8218 / University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne / CNRS).Member of the A.I.C.A.-France (International Association of Art Critics). Exhibition Curator. Co-director of the collection «Les arts d’ailleurs» by L’Harmattan. He is the author of numerous articles on art and aesthetics in specialized magazines and collective works, as well as in catalogs of exhibitions.
is a curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she has curated several exhibitions and programs including Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors, Histories for the Future (2016), and At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean (2014). In 2015, she also curated Video Islands at the Anthology Film Archive, New York. From 2011 to 2013, Ortiz was the Curator of Contemporary Arts at the Sala de Arte PúblicoSiqueiros in Mexico City, where she organized several projects including Carlos Motta, The Shape of Freedom and Rita Ponce de León: David. In 2012, she curated Wherever You Roam at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. She has collaborated with international and national institutions such as New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Teorética, San Jose, Costa Rica; the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco; and Tate Modern, London. Ortiz has contributed to writing platforms such as Fluent Collaborative, Curating Now, and Terremoto Magazine. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.
Raphael Cuir is an art critic, art historian, and a Doctor of EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). He specializes in the representation of the body. He received a residence research grant of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where he taught at the Otis College of Art and Design. He contributed to numerous books including Ouvrir-couvrir (Paris, Verdier, 2004). He directed the collection of answers to the question-Why is there art rather than nothing (Pourquoiy-a-t-il de l’art plutôt que rien?)(Paris, Archibooks, 2009) of which an expanded new edition was planned for 2012. He regularly contributes to the magazine Art Press. In 1999 he created the first television channel dedicated of art history on the internet of which a best of is available on the website Mémoires Actives. He is also the author of ‘The development of the Study of Anatomy from the Renaissance to Cartesianism (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009).
Seph Rodney was born in Jamaica and grew up in New York City. He has an English degree from LIU, Brooklyn, a studio art MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in museum studies from Birkbeck College, the University of London. He is a staff writer for the Hyperallergic blog writing about contemporary art and related issues. He is also a faculty member at Parsons School of Design. He has recently been contracted by Routledge press to produce a book based on his ongoing research regarding the personalization of the museum visit.
Marsha Pearce is a cultural theorist from the Caribbean, twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She works at the intersection of visual culture, communication studies and audience / reception studies with a focus on Caribbean identities and the poetics and politics of representation. Her research interests lie in the fields of art, mass media, museum studies and practice and conceptualisations of space and place.
Gérard Mayen
Gérard Mayen, 54, is a journalist, dance critic, author. It is regularly published by all the dance specialist press (Danser, Mouvement,, As for the dance, Repères Biennale du Val-de-Marne, newspaper of the ADC Geneva). He writes texts for companies, theaters, festivals (Théâtre de la Ville, Montpellier Danse, Biennale de Lyon, etc.), gives lectures, animates critical circles, is invitedin symposiums, round tables, Sometimes («What AIDS has done to dance – What dance has done about AIDS», Montpellier 2007). He has sat on several choreographic evaluation commissions. He holds a master’s degree from the Department of Dance Studies at the University of Paris 8. In addition to his participation in several collective works, he has edited De marche dans danse in Mathilde Monnier’s Déroutes (L’Harmattan, 2005 ) And Contemporary Dancers of Burkina Faso (L’Harmattan, 2006).
Thomas Cepitelli
French Academic. Doctor of Comparative Literature A.T.E.R. Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis.His thesis focuses on representations and interpretations by the public of the roles of the male homosexual in theater in France in the XXth century.He participates in various research groups such as MARGE (writing of the margin, margin of the writing) and SemSex. He publishes articles and participates in international seminars mainly around the issue of sexual minorities, gender norms and the theatrical performance as a social event. He teaches at different universities the history of the stage, the analysis of spectacle and the sociologyof arts and culture. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Monstre, L’intermède and UltraModerne.
Vanessa Hernandez Gracia
Vanessa Hernández Gracia (San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives and work in San Juan)Interdisciplinary artist, professor and independent curator. Her artistic work comprises: performance, installation art, video and sound art. She holds a BFA Magna Cum Laude in Sculpture from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Drawing from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain and a MFA in Public Art from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. Hernández Gracia presented her work at several performance festivals, including Festival de Acciones: El Cuerpo y la Ciudad, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (2016), Excentricités, Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon, Besançon, France (2012) and Independence POP, Performance Art Festival in the Dominican Republic (2011). Hernández Gracia has exhibited in international forums, including the Espace Multimédia Gantner She was part of the curatorial team of the 4th Poly/Graphic Triennial San Juan, Latin America and the Caribbean and is co-director of El Lobi, an independent art platform.
Olivia Berthon
Olivia Berthon is a doctoral student in Caribbean arts at the French West Indies University, attached to the Center for Studies and Research in Aesthetics and Visual Arts (CEREAP), internal team of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Letters, Languages, Arts and Humanities (CRILLASH).Researcher and visual artist, she has participated in several collective and biennial exhibitions on an international scale. She considers that otherness is an inherent notion of all forms of artistic practice, regardless of the boundaries erected between different cultures, which are articulated in a world that is globalizing at breakneck speed.
Akiko Ichikawa is a New York City-based interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, and editor. She has exhibited her work in The Hague, Berlin, Washington D.C., Newark, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Incheon, South Korea, as well as in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx. She has also written for Flash Art, Hyperallergic, and Zing Magazine. Her concept-based work exists in the formsof performance art, installation art and Her performance work include a series of site-specific gifting performances called Limited, Limited Edition she has presented at Socrates Sculpture Park, in Long Island City, Queens; in Jamaica, Queens; at the Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale in Incheon, South Korea at on Stellar Rays gallery in the Lower East Side.
Certified professor in Plastic Arts and Doctor of Arts, Caribbean Arts specialty, having written her thesis on “The archipelago body in the plastic arts of the French Lesser Antilles” under the supervision of Dominique Berthet. Thesis defended at the University of the Antilles. Working at the ESPE in Martinique, where she teaches as part of the preparation for the CAPES in Plastic Arts. She intervened at the University of the Antilles (Martinique pole), within the framework of the License and the Master of Caribbean Arts. Since 2004, she has participated in CEREAP conferences and publications (Center for Studies and Research in Aesthetics and Visual Arts), through reviews and articles published in the reviews Recherches en Esthétique and Gaïac.