Peau Nature Morte (Tropical Market) is a series of works that is testimony to Cécilia Bracmort’s experience of confinement, a representation of the artist’s strength, resistance and resilience in the face of the pandemic. This series evokes the weight of the concept of the ‘mask’ that society forces Bracmort to wear because of the “exotic” character that her identity triggers in the Western imagination, inherited from colonial times. Bracmort’s series focuses on tropical fruits, pineapple and banana in particular because those fruits are related to the perception of her person in the colonial world, bringing to mind the exotic, belonging to tropical countries, travel and importation.
Listen to a French-language interview between the artist and curator Joséphine Denis here.
Cécilia Bracmort is a French born, Montreal based curator and artist. Her Caribbean heritage (from Martinique and Guadeloupe) influences her artistic and curatorial practices, that are focused on the notions of identity – individual or collective, memory and history.
In her practice Cécilia considers herself as an art-listener and [art ] matchmaker. Curious and full of ideas, her artistic and curatorial projects are made to connect worlds, social environments and concepts that are not usually mixing. Through her multi-focal vision linked to the different layers of her identity , Cécilia Bracmort’s projects seek to form bridges between far reaching themes she connects with such as sport, ecology, trauma and mythology. Through her work, Cécilia aims to open doors to make visible new ideas and identities, and to encourage people to think outside the ‘white’ box and to invite them to see anew the world under a different lens.
Joséphine Denis was born in Haiti, raised between Port-au-Prince and New York, and currently resides in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is a curator and writer whose practice centres on creation and narration in BIPOC spaces. Denis is an advocate of Black diasporic art, critical engagement, and institutional transformations through which artists and publics can co-create affective networks of radical change. She is currently head of public programs and outreach at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Denis previously worked at Serpentine Galleries, London, UK; Faurschou Foundation, Beijing; and, Lehmann Maupin, New York.