Saturday, September 9
For his first solo exhibition at DOCUMENT, Julien Creuzet presents a suite of photomontages drawn from a dense set of personal associations. Unexpected juxtapositions produce a patchwork organization in which fantastic, psychedelic imaginaries ricochet and mutually inflect. The artist engraves clipped poems reminiscent of haiku onto the surface of these photographic prints, as if visualizing a voiceover commentary. Drawn from research undertaken while Creuzet was a resident at Rebuild Foundation’s Méthode Room Residency on Chicago’s South Side, their ultimate effect is akin to landscapes comprised of fragmented narratives.
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 the 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 Festival Hors Piste at the Centre Pompidou (2017) and, in 2016, the 12ème Biennale de l’Art Contemporain Africain de Dakar, Sénégal, the second Kampala Art Biennale, Uganda, and the 30th International Artists Studio Program Exhibition at Fonds Régionaux d’Art Contemporain Pays de la Loire. He is currently participating in the 14th Lyon Biennale, and will have a solo show at Sketch Gallery in Bogotá in November 2017.