Black Dolls Exhibition in Washington D.C.
BLACK DOLLS EXHIBITION IN WASHINGTON D.C.
THE PURPOSE OF BLACK DOLLS
Black Dolls is a series of photographs by Mirtho Linguet that forces us to wonder about our relationships between individuals and how these relationships are built. He manifests scenarios in the form of a question to help us visualize the lived experience of those called “non-white people” around the world who live in a veil known as racism. He poses the questions of… What is racism? And how does it work?
It is not only about art and aesthetics, but a profound reflection on the current state of relations between human beings with a strong effort to raise awareness, and find solutions to the problem of racism.
Black Dolls was inspired by the 1973 poem: “Limbé” by Léon-Gontran Damas [French Guiana, 1912 – Washington DC, 1978/ co-founder of the Negritude movement], French Guianese creative Mirtho Linguet presents a visually impactful series of images.
“Give me back my black dolls
so they dispel
the eternal image
the hallucinatory image
of stacked large assed puppets
whose miserable mercy
the wind carries to the nose”.
by Léon-Gontran Damas
Black Dolls is being held in Washington at the Anacostia Arts Center:
When: August 18 – October 7
Where: Vivid Solutions Gallery (located within the Anacostia Arts Center),
1231 Good Hope Road SE
Washington, DC 20020
About the Artist, Mirtho Linguet:
While he currently works and resides in French Guiana, Mirtho Linguet began his career by studying the art of photography in the early 1990s at the MI21 School of Photography in Montreuil, France. He later moved to Zurich, Switzerland to build on his skills. Over the span of 8 years, he became a highly sought after magazine photographer with a portfolio of working with GQ, Vogue, FHM, Cosmopolitan, and several others. In 1996, he won the International Days of Photography Award and went on to a residency at Point Ephémère in Paris, which was then followed by a three-month residency at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Dijon, France.