The first steps

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Oil on canvas / 82 x 100 cm /2008 – Sold

The work is dedicated to the first women deported to the French Louisiana in 1712. They came from different West African countries. They will later become the mothers of a new people in a new world: The Africans-Americans.

When I paint this work, I realize more than ever the real ordeal of the deported populations, during transport and on arrival. I am aware of the abrupt change of environment and morals and the cultural shock that these people have been able to experience arriving on French territory.

They tread for the first time this unknown soil who himself was a slave and they will attend its independence a few years later. ‘African American’ remains for me a name of meaning and symbolism.