Welcome [back] !
I am back to blogging. I used to have a personal-turned-artsy blog on the blogspot platform that I ended in 2014, after my studies. I wanted to focus on finding a job in my field, and try to get published professionally. All of this happened, and much more, but I realized that:
a) One cannot be published as often as they want
b) One cannot publish whatever they want, whenever they want
c) Since 2014, I have more and more research interests, and I'd like to publish my findings somewhere.
I then decided to blog again, because I need an outlet to write about what I want and what I am interested in.
During the last few years, I came across people who created wonderful things online, publications, journals and vlogs where emerging art critics, people of colour, and other marginalized groups could publish their research in a respected environment. I realized that I used to be this space (for myself) and I felt ready to come back in the digital world.
I am very excited to launch my blog in 2017, after what many have considered a shitty year. It seems like we all wanted 2016 to be over: a lot of my friends and people I follow on social media are "ready for 2017", telling the year to "come at them". Opening back my blog is my way of doing just that, although I have to say, 2016 was kinda great for me on some level (some, not all, obviously).
In (On?) this blog, you will find post about my main research interests: contemporary Haitian art, fashion design, post-black art, art from artists of colour, curators of colour and how they deal, performance art, as well as feminism. You will also find a space dedicated to my #CuratorialTips, a research and help tool I have created on instagram in order to help emerging curators in their practice.
I'm looking forward to start writing!
All summer, I've been making research on how to make a house a home. I've been living with my fiancé for a little more than a year, and do to the apartment market, we decided it would be easier for me to live in his apartment, something I always swore I would never do. The cohabitation is going well and the place looks like we are both living in it, but I could feel my soul truly inhabiting the space.
The main reason I spent two weeks in Mauritius Island aka the furthest place I've travelled ever, was to celebrate the wedding of my dear friends f&pj. As a way of putting myself in wedding mode before the longest plane ride ever, I've visited the exhibition Love is Love at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition showcases Jean-Paul Gaultier's "most beautiful bridal creations" with the following headline: wedding bliss for all.
While English speakers refers to this period as back-to-school, even when they're not going back there, French speakers are lucky to have this simple term: la rentrée. And this is what today is.
I am the person who brings there laptop on vacation, ends up having the heaviest carry-on backpack and works / blogs once.
I wanted to dedicate one of my posts on the last Fashion Week circuit. I love to scan all the collections, review the changes, find the signature-look and scrutinize everything going in the fashion world during this month.
The last 2 days have been huge in Fashion. First of all, Jenna Lyons has stepped down from J. Crew, after working for/with them for 26 years. 26!!! That's like a teacher's career!!!
Earlier this month, I turned 30. This has been the weirdest few weeks of my life. I was always scared of this number, dreading crossing to the other side. A few weeks before my birthday, I started being obsessed with how I was supposed to celebrate or not, and mark this milestone.
I have been thinking about the Dana Schutz painting Open Casket at the 2017 Whitney Biennal for a few days. Luckily I was able to get out of thinking mode and actually express myself on the subject yesterday, while discussing with Louise Déry at the Culture Montréal 15-anniversary party.
FYI: This is going to be a personal post. Still relevant though.
This post it entitled woke. Why woke, and why now? Because this words seems to be on everyone's mouth for different reasons, and I basically want White people to stop using it.
Yesterday was the day I met with text-base, cosplay-inspired not-model-slash artist Juliana Huxtable. First of all, without me knowing, the fact that I was having lunch with her and a couple of new friends at Concordia was a political act. Here is how the CSU advertised the lunch: