Euridice Zaituna LaKala
Trans_relations. I am the archive, 2020–2022
Courtesy of the artist
In this work, a stenography text alluding to an old journalistic note-taking technique, Euridice Zaituna LaKala departs from a collection of photographs by Marc Vaux, famous for the representation of the early 20th century Parisian art scene, to expose and question of the absence of black personalities. This revelation of the omission of black names such as Josephine Baker, Aïcha Goblet, James Baldwin, Gerard Sekoto and others serves to simultaneously inscribe them not just in history but also in the artist’s personal story as she inhabits the same city one century later.
By reflecting on the issue of the production of alternative forms of knowledge, LaKala looks at language as a space of knowledge, power and empire, but also of Creolization, to define her subjectivity in connection to the notion of polyphony.