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Produced with the support of the Frederick and Mary Kay Lowy Art Education Fund
SIGHTINGS 34: CONVERSATION BETWEEN MICHAËLLE SERGILE AND MARIE-CÉLIE AGNANT
Thursday, May 5, 4 PM
At the Gallery
Free, in French
Join artist Michaëlle Sergile for a presentation of her project SIGHTINGS 34: Lalo as macoute, followed by a conversation with Quebec and Haitian author Marie-Célie Agnant. They will discuss the artist’s installation and the author’s novel, Un alligator nommé Rosa (2007), exploring each in their own way the Haitian figure of the Fiyet Lalo(Fillette Lalo, or Lalo Girl).
Sergile and Agnant will focus more specifically on the figure of “Rosa,” a militiawoman known by several names who inspired both the artist’s installation and the author’s novel. Under the theme of fiction as a place for reality in-the-making, this exchange will offer reflections on gender, oral history and metaphors associated with the “Volontaires de la Sécurité Nationale” (National Security Volunteers or “VSN”), a paramilitary force active during the Duvalier dynasty in Haiti.