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Poetry reading by Gerty Dambury As part of the exhibition "Sarah Maldoror : Tricontinental Cinema"

Gerty Dambury offers a reading of her poems that resonate with the life and work of Sarah Maldoror.

 

Poem Gerty Dambury, Cendres rebelles, 2021

« …Fermez les yeux. Fermez les yeux. Et prenez la mesure du vide. Rien ne remonte. Aucune image. Bribes. Traces. Lecture hâtive de résumés. Vous avez beau chercher. Vous en avez entendu parler. Oui. Quelque part, en vous, la mémoire se ment à elle-même. Et puis non. Rien. La mémoire se désole. S’abandonne à l’inconnu. Vous aurez beau creuser. Rien ne demeure. Que le hasard peut-être. Celui-là ! Il se réserve toujours un temps de gloire. Un temps pour votre gloire. La mienne, ma foi. Une valise de remémoration dans un grenier. Peut-être. Un jour. L’arrière-arrière-arrière qui s’épanchera. Fermez les yeux. J’ai emporté avec moi ce que vous ne verrez jamais plus. Porte fermée. (…) »

Performance

On 15/01/2022, from 4pm to 5pm

Access upon presentation of an exhibition ticket, subject to availability

Photographie de Gerty Dambury par Emir SRKALOVIC
Gerty Dambury

Gerty Dambury, Caribbean author, was born in Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe). Playwright, she also publishes poetry. She studied African American literature and theater: her essay on the history of the first theater opened by blacks in New York in 1821, Le rêve de William Alexander Brown won the 2015 Carbet Prize for Literature and of Tout-Monde. Her latest play, La radio des bonne nouvelles (2018), gives voice to little-known or forgotten female activists, she has also published two novels: Les Rétifs, which deals with the events of May 1967 in Guadeloupe, was published in English by The Feminist Press; The Serenade in Poinsettia is her second novel. For L'Arche publishing house, she translated Audre Lorde's poems, The Black Unicorn, published in October 2021. Early feminist activist within the Black Women Coordination in the mid-1970s , Gerty Dambury is also active in the Décoloniser les Arts collective, of which she is one of the founders.