FIAP 2019

FIAP 2019
The second edition of the F.I.A.P. (International Festival of Performance Art), will be held from the 5th to 12th of November, 2019 in Fort-de-France (FDF) and in the south of the island (La Savane des Petrifications).

This Festival about performance art is co-curated by Annabel Guérédrat & Henri Tauliaut. since the beginning in 2017.
This is an unique festival in Martinique showcasing performance art and inviting international artists from Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, Russia and China to make connections with artists from Martinique, and the Caribbean region.

The artists
  • Laurent Troudard
  • Jérémie Priam
  • André Eric Letourneau
  • Alex Côté
  • Lara Kramer
  • Moïra Dalant
  • Nyugen Smith
  • Marvin Fabien
  • Annabel Gueredrat
  • Isil Sol Vil et Marina
  • Miao Xiajin
  • Djessy Pastel
  • Henri Tauliaut
  • Alicja Korek
  • Yves Bercion
  • Junior Estimé
    et son groupe Jénérasyon Tout’Moun Jeun
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.

Marina Barsy Janer

“I am a Puerto Rican performance artist, curator and researcher. I have been trained by performance art practice, organization, history and theory. I hold a BA in Art History from the University of Puerto Rico, an MA in Curatorial Studies, with a focus on Latin American performance art from the University of Essex, U.K and a Ph.D. in Art History and Theory from the same university. In my work, I explore the body as uncanny and fragmented, social container, bridge and vehicle, sensuous and grotesque. Playing with my own social, political, cultural, sexual, social class limitations, I convey my trans environment in my performative identity.”

Isil Sol Vil

Born in 1982 in the city of Igualada (Barcelona), devoid of sense of belonging to a specific geographical place, Isil Sol Vil begins to experiment and enter the art world by performance and action art. Performance becomes his most complete and whole form of expression. His work is characterized by being critical, protesting and claiming; manifesting the desire and spirit to change these outdated systems we live in. […] He is co-founder of the artistic group Arts Insurgents, performer in the collectives, Performantiks and Corpologia, also art director of the performance art festival EMPREMTA and co-founder of the cultural center with his girlfriend Marina Barsy Janer

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.

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.

Alex Côté

International artist and emerging performer, Alex Côté creates a contemporary imagery of body, landscape and plastic that unfolds with meditation, contemplation and collective awareness. […] Throughout workshops, residencies, festivals and exhibitions, Alex Côté’s creative process has been evolving within the fields of theatre, performance, photography, video, mapping, installation, site-specific and land art. He has shown his work in Berlin, Venice, Rome, New York, Portugal, France, and recently in Montréal as a guest-artist VJ for the Nocturnes of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Djessy Pastel

Djessy Pastel develops multidisciplinary artistic work. His interests are mainly related to the expression of members of the LGBT+ community. […] He is influenced by many fields such as anthropology, sociology, fashion, object design and architecture. His research leads him to question the body put to the test by social norms, the social pressures exerted by the primate of social classes over one another as well as sexual identities, body modifications and marginality and deviance. […] In line with the work of certain other artists with whom he feels familiar, he is committed to an art designed to transgress norms and traditions. His artistic gestures joyfully make all the frozen classifications spin. […]

Alicja Korek

Alicja grew up in a Spartan Soviet Poland. When the wall falls, she is graduate in literature and starts travelling around the world […] She smells, touches, stares at these open spaces, speaks new languages she crosses on her way. The sensuality of the Caribbean landscapes inspires her. Thanks to her encounter with Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut, she plunges headlong into performance and land art. Throughout her performances she is fish-woman, druidess, Baba-Yaga, shaman, chimera, always faithful to her eco-feminist philosophy on one side and her fascination with the strange and the extraordinary of the other.

Miao Xiajin

Beginning in Shanghai, where his photography works expressed the universal theme of urban angst, Miao then immigrated to New York, expanding his view of urban streets towards a more conceptual public stage. Miao’s work often expresses the ambivalent and sometimes antagonistic tension that always
exists between the individual and governing or cultural authorities, questioning assumptions about power in relation to identity politics. He posits the artist’s nature as one who transgresses boundaries, challenges consensus, and stays away from authorities.

Junior Estimé & Jénérasyon Tout’Moun Jeun

Nouvel Jénérasyon Tout Moun Jwen’n is both a Haitian carnival rara marching band and an organisation founded in May 2008 by young Haitians living in Martinique like Estimé Junior its current President. […] There songs are always sung in Haitian kreyòl and celebrate the African descent of the Afro-Haitian population; this within the new generation of Haitians born in Martinique. Voodoo is often practiced there

Moïra Dalant

Art critic, journalist, theater and film actress, and performance artist, she practices contemporary dance and lyric singing (soprano). She also wrote the following thesis: Theatricality at the limits, or what is the modern sublime: death and shit in theater and contemporary art, under the direction of Georges Molinié at the University Paris 4. With the artist Marine Colard, in 2017 she created the second edition of “Chimique(s)” in Paris, a night devoted to performance. […]

André Eric Letourneau

André Éric Letourneau is a French Canadian interdisciplinary artist, working and living in Montreal. Since 1986, he has been working on music, plastic arts, action art, radio creation and media art. André Éric Letourneau’s practice has often been associated with the movements of action art, radio art, contemporary music, art work, community arts and sociological art. It actually turns out to be difficult to categorize the work of this artist whose practice fits directly into the social fabric and into integration through social and ontological phenomena.

Jérémie Priam

Jeremie PRIAM was born in 1989, he lives and works in Martinique. Young designer from the Campus Caribéen des Arts in Fort-de-France, Martinique, he graduated as a graphic designer and works in many fields related to visual communication. Influenced by local and international artists, he develops his work around spiritual questions linked to man. His productions are imbued with meditation but especially come from a revolt linked to his spiritual education which he is questioning. […]

Lara Kramer

Lara Kramer is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-Cree and settler heritage. Her critically acclaimed works portray the contrast of the brutal relationships between Indigenous peoples and the colonial society, and have been presented across Canada and even in Australia. These include Fragments (2009), inspired by her mother’s stories of being in residential school, and Native Girl Syndrome (2013), about how Native women have internalized trauma. Windigo (2018) can be viewed as its masculine counterpart, where trauma is externalized through different ages and bodies, individuals and objects.

Yves Bercion

Engineer at the Université des Antilles, Guadeloupe, since 1997, he works on a characterization of materials. His artistic activity is in the field of digital arts, which includes interactive digital installations, 3D and photography. His approach is characterized by an experimental research of the use of new media: video, photography, recent techniques of image processing, such as facial recognition, creation of 3D worlds and sound techniques. Interactivity with the public is the major feature of his works. The visitor and the viewer are fully involved in the work. […]

Laurent Troudard

After a course in History teaching, Laurent Troudart followed a training in Jazz dance which also involved classical and contemporary dance. His collaborations with different companies allowed him to be confronted more specifically with various currents of contemporary dance in Europe. In 2012, back in Martinique, he founded with Jean Hugues Miredin the company Art&Fact which develops around dance-theatre. Since his encounter with the company Artincidence in 2017, he has been immersing himself more and more in the culture of 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.

The art critics
  • Florence Menez
  • Moïra Dalant
  • Pawlet Brooks
  • Lilly Wei
  • Paola Lavra
  • Dominique Berthet
  • Olivia Berthon
  • Fabienne Viala
Quinn Dukes is a multimedia performance artist, activist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work addresses the human condition, social injustice and ritual. In 2014, following a heated discussion about the death of performance art, Dukes founded Performance Is Alive. She is a tireless advocate for performance art and higher education via appointments at Satellite Art Show as Performance Art Curator and the School of Visual Arts (NYC).
Pawlet Brooks
Pawlet Brookes is the founder, CEO and artistic director of Serendipity, the diversity-led arts organisation in Leicester. An experienced and highly respected senior manager and producer, Pawlet has been at the forefront of the development of Black arts in the UK since she was appointed Marketing Manager at the Nia Centre (Manchester) in the 90s, then Artistic Director of Peepul Centre (Leicester) and ultimately Chief Executive of Rich Mix (London).
Paola Lavra
Doctor in Anthropology Professor of aesthetics and anthropology applied to the arts at the Caribbean Campus of the Arts. Associate researcher at LC2S (Caribbean Social Sciences Laboratory), the “Gender and Society” Group in Martinique.
Florence Ménez
Florence Ménez, anthropologist, is an associate researcher at the Caribbean Social Sciences Laboratory (LC2S-UMR 8053, Université des Antilles). Her thesis in Social Anthropology and Ethnology (EHESS, Paris) and in Contemporary European Social History (Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice, Italy), focused on a variety of interactions, social changes, and controversies that occurred after the invasion of an allochthonous clam in the lagoon of Venice and the delta of Pô. More generally, her work focuses on disturbances of the marine environment, such as oil spills and algae which lead to new relationships, perspectives and appropriations, including artistic ones.
Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator, writer, journalist and critic whose area of interest is global contemporary art and emerging art and artists, reporting frequently on international exhibitions and biennials. She has written for dozens of publications here and abroad and is a longtime contributor to Art in America and a contributing editor at ARTnews. She is the author of numerous artists’ catalogues and monographs and has curated exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Wei lectures frequently on critical and curatorial practices and sits on the board of several non-profit art institutions and organizations including AICA/USA (the International Association of Art Critics), Bowery Arts & Sciences, and Art Omi International. She was a former board member of Art in General, and is a fellow of the CUE Foundation. Wei was born in Chengdu, China and has an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York.
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.
Olivia Berthon
Olivia Berthon is a doctoral student in Caribbean arts at the French West IndiesUniversity, 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.
Moïra Dalant
She is an actress-performer and author, trained at the Laboratoire de Formation de Théâtre Physique (Montreuil). Doctor in Cultural Semiotics (Sorbonne Paris 4), she writes for culture magazines Inferno, Mouvement, and Ballroom. At the theater, she works with Julie Fonroget in The Girl of Strasshof, Maxime Franzetti on group creations’ Amor Fati and Dévoration with a European tour from 2013 to 2015, with Romeo Castellucci in Ethica and Four Seasons Restaurant, with Lola Joulin, Angelica Liddell or Vincent Macaigne ; she assists Lucas Bonnifait with the staging of Affabulazione by Pasolini. She regularly collaborates with visual artist Majida Khattari, has performed in Tino Sehgal’s Carte Blanche at the Palais de Tokyo (autumn 2016) or for Pawel Althamer. She is developing a visual work and programming performative events and participatory workshops with the Collectif Les abattoirs as part of the Soirées Chimique (s) since autumn 2016.
Dr Fabienne Viala completed her PhD in Comparative Literature in 2004 at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she taught Latin American, Caribbean and Francophone Literatures and Cultures until 2008. In 2009, she joined the University of Cambridge as a Mellon Fellow in Postcolonial, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures. Fabienne has also taught Spanish, Latin American and Comparative Literatures at King’s College London. In her work, she examines the many different and mutable strategies of collective memory in the Spanish-speaking, English-speaking and French-speaking Caribbean and the resonances between catharsis, historical memory, cultural expression and the trauma of slavery in civil society and the public space.