Julien Creuzet

Artist Talk by Julien Creuzet

Monday, November 15, 2021 at 12:00pm

FREE! RSVP required for access to virtual event.

An online artist talk by Julien Creuzet held in conjunction with the exhibition The Language in Common, on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from Tuesday, September 14 through Sunday, December 12, 2021. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm. For more information and related events, visit the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery exhibition page.

Born in 1986, Julien Creuzet is a French-Caribbean artist who lives and works in Paris. A visual artist and poet, he actively intertwines these two practices via amalgams of sculpture, installation and textual intervention that frequently address his own diasporic experience. Inspired by the poetic and philosophical reflections of Aimé Césaire and Édouard Glissant on creolization and migration, Creuzet’s work focuses on the troubled intersection of the history of Martinique and the events of European modernity. Creuzet has recently had solo exhibitions at Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2019), Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard (2018), Bétonsalon, Paris (2018), Sketch Gallery in Bogotá (2017), Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Basse Normandie in Caen (2015), the Juvisy-sur-Orge Contemporary Art Centre, Galerie Doyang Lee in Paris (2013), and the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin (2012). Recently, he participated in the 12th Gwangju Biennale (2018), the 6th Rennes Biennale (2018), the 11th Biennale Africaine de la Photographie (2017), the 14th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (2017), the Festival Hors Piste at the Centre Pompidou (2017), the Frac Pays de la Loire (2016), the 12th Biennale de l’Art Contemporain Africain de Dakar, Sénégal (2016) and the 2nd Kampala Art Biennale (2016), Uganda.

This exhibition and related events are supported by the Shapiro Center and Writing at Wesleyan, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Thomas and Catherine McMahon Fund of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the History Department, the Latin American Studies Program, Connecticut Humanities, and the Center for the Arts. Additional support by Etant donnés Contemporary Art, a program developed by FACE Foundation, Villa Albertine and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the French Ministry of Culture and Institut Français-Paris, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, and ADAGP.

The general public will be welcomed back to Wesleyan this fall to enjoy Center for the Arts outdoor programming and exhibitions in both the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. All patrons must adhere to and follow the University COVID-19 safety guidelines. Wesleyan requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated. All visitors will need to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated. Public health officials consider an individual to be fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Masks are required in all University buildings regardless of vaccination status. Indoor performances as well as special events, including opening receptions in the galleries, will be open to Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff. Vaccinated visitors may attend outdoor events and outdoor activities unmasked. Patrons under the age of 12 are required to wear a mask at outdoor events. Due to current CDC age limits on vaccinations, individuals under the age of 12 will not be permitted at indoor exhibitions.

Julien Creuzet
Meander, mix, Wawette, moving world, wind sweeping, my ocean angel, blue phantom buoy, drink, piece of atom, tub, when I breathe in the flavors of autumn, clouds. A moment between two gestures, a thought nap under the celestial beauty. Evening imaginary sharing, our bodies submerged. Sweet beatitude for our worlds, mouthed, speckled under the orange sky in fire, sweet kisses, 2020
metal, plastic, fabric
55h x 71w x 36d in