Neo Apis, 2019
From the series "Parades"
Lambda print B&W on Baryté NB paper
15 7/10 × 23 3/5 in
40 × 60 cm
CM H 60 W 40
IN H 23.62 W 15.75Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist
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Neo Apis, 2019
“Parades” started in 2011, which was originally a photographic exploration of Martinique opened the doors to a great journey through some iconic islands of the Caribbean, but mostly transformed the artist and transformed his gaze not only on the carnival but on Caribbean traditions, legends and folklore, a completely overused word even though it contains an incredible poetic and spiritual richness.
This work is an opportunity to present an artistic narrative of this contemporary micro-society that wonders. The artist approach through these images is to attach himself, not to the photographic truth in a carnival context, but to focus on the narrative power it offers.
Carnival is a highly anticipated moment in Caribbean societies. These carnivals, areas of popular expression and counter-power, historically constitute a time when everything is reversed. Tensions are relaxed, society expresses itself as one single body. It is a poetic image of this body (absolute and mythical) that the photographer searched via several residences. It’s a specific reading of this ephemeral societal organization, mirror of caribbean contemporaneity that he wants to feature with this photographic project.
As a Caribbean, Nicolas Derné knows that stereotypes from outside are often very strong about islands. The first key step was to remove the essence of the carnival stereotype. This famous color that blow away the eye, make us dazzled, keeping a certain opacity to the real essence. By removing one of the first attribute of the carnival's first stereotype, color, he can focus on emotion, not being interested in photographic veracity as much as their narrative power.
By photographing the Caribbean in black and white through its carnivals, he wants to lay a non-stereotyped look at a place which is a blend of postcolonial influence, local and African cultures and forms an identity of its own.
Nicolas Derné's artistic approach is based on the use of photographic print both as an imprint of an ongoing creation and as a material that reintegrates the creative process of a new photograph. Through the accumulation of materials, shapes, and colors Nicolas Derné makes a new image that he calls "residual photography".
In each of his creative processes, each stage of creation is frozen by photography. Nicolas Derné refers to his images as "residual images" whose meaning he diverted. Residual images in optics are ghost images caused by retinal persistence following a strong impression.
espace d'art contemporain 14°N 61°W
Established in early 2013 in Fort-de-France, espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W presents artists focusing on contemporary art in the Caribbean and around the world.
The gallery supports the intensity and diversity of art-making in the Caribbean region, as well as contributes to its regional and international diffusion.
To date, espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W has presented the works of Caribbean artists of African descent, such as Louisa Marajo, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Sébastien Méhal, Robert Charlotte, Nicolas Derné, Philippe Alexandre, Norville Guirouard-Aizée and Yoan Sorin.
The gallery is committed to offer a renewed perspective of the geographical and historical context of the Caribbean, while promoting and distributing new contemporary visual practices related to the region and beyond.
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