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André Eugène | Haiti

Born in 1959, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
Lives and works in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sculpture
In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art in Junk Yard Extra
Kafou: Haiti, Art & Vodou in Frieze
Haitian Art & National Tragedy in The White Review

Andre Eugène is a member of Atis Rezistans (Resistance Artists) and evokes history and collective cultural memory through a vision that is at once hallucinatory and prophetic.

His assemblages transform the detritus of the world’s failing economies into distinctly urban apocalyptic images, whose take on Vodou evoke a cyber-punk science fiction vision. His use of readymade and recycled components is only partially driven by economic necessity; for him, it also carries an inherent social commentry on Haiti’s position in the global economy. His politics speak through his choice of materials, interrogating globally imported commodities as he literally bastardises, disintegrates and rusts them into warped Afro sci-fi fetishes. Atis Rezistans look to the past, present and future, their sculptures referencing their cultural heritage, present social conditions and a stark Mad Max-like vision of a free-market economic future going to hell in a handcart.

André Eugène is one of the founding members of the art collective Atis Rezistans from the Grand-Rue in Port-au-Prince, altogether with Jean Hérard Céleur and Guyodo.

In 2005, altogether with Barbara Prézeau-Stephenson, is artist in residence at the Ecole des Beaux-arts, La Réunion.

In 2010, he spends one month in England to give lectures on his work and country.

With Atis Rezistans and Mario Benjamin, they realized the Freedom Sculpture in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, in 2006.

In 2011, Jean Hérard Celeur, André Eugène and Racine Polycarpe are invited to create a sculpture on site at the XISM / Etnografiska Museet of Stockholm, Sweden within the framework of the exhibition Vodou : An Art of Life. This travelling exhibition was first presented at the Musée d’Ethnographie of Geneva, Switzerland, where the artists also created an on site sculpture.

The Brown University of Providence, USA, organized a month dedicated to Haiti in 2011 : Reframing Haiti : Art, History & Performativity. The sculptors of Atis Rezistans gave a workshop and exhibited their work on that occasion.

In June 2012, Atis Rezistan receives a sculpture commission for ArtReach, Cultural Olympiad, UK.

Group shows with André Eugène

The Divine Horsemen: The Vodou Sculptors of Grand Rue at the Riflemaker Gallery of London, UK (2013) ; Kafou: Haiti, History & Vodou at Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2012) ; In Extremis: Death & Life in 21st Century Haitian Art at the Fowler Museum, UCLA of Los Angeles, USA (2012) ; Folk Badji with Jeremey Deller’s Folk Archive at New Art Exchange in Nottingham, UK (2012) ; Nouvo Rezistans at the Institut Français of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2011) ; Focus on the the Global Caribbean Landscape at the Fondation Clément in Martinique (2012), at the Little Haïti Cultural Center in Miami (2011), at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico (2010) and in France in Sète at the MIAM – Musée International des Arts Modestes (2009) ; Haiti : Kingdom of this World at the 54th Venice Biennial, in Paris, Miami, Guadeloupe and Haiti (2011-2013) ; Imaginaires Croisés at the Ateliers Jérôme of Pétion-Ville, Haiti (2011) ; 24 Month Meditation at the Sala del Camino, SS. Cosma e Damiano in Venice, Italy (2010) ; The Sculptors of Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haïti at the Galeria Maria Gloria in Milan, Italy (2010) ; Kreyol Factory at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (2009) ; Voo-Doo, Hoochie-Coochie and the Creative Spirit at the Riflemaker gallery in London, UK (2009) ; The Sculptors of Grand-Rue at The Foundry in London, UK (2007) ; Vodou Rezistans at The Foundry in London, UK (2007) ; Vodou Riche : Contemporary Haitian Art at the Glass Curtain Gallery of Columbia College in Chicago, USA (2007) ; a collaboration with the artist Maksaens Denis for the festival Influences Caraïbes at the La Dynamo space in Pantin, France (2007) ; he participated in the fête de la sculpture of the Institut Français de Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2005-2007) and to the 2d, 3d and 4th Forum Transculturel d’Art Contemporain at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2000, 2003, 2006) ; Lespri Endepandan : Discovering Haitian Sculpture at the Frost Art Museum in Miami, USA (2004) ; Kafou at the Institut Français in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2004) ; Sculpture Urbaine IV at the Central Bank of Barbados for the annual congress of AICA (2003) and Baka, Monstres et Chimères at the Cultural Center AfricAmérica in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2001).

Biennials

André Eugène participated in the 54th Venice Biennial, in 2011, with Haiti Kingdom of this world, in the first Haitian pavillion, and was involved in the Ghetto Biennale of Port-au-Prince in 2009 and 2011.

His work was featured by gallery Bourbon-Lally at the Outsider Fair in New York and at the Black National Art Festival of New York in 2006.

Artworks by the artist

André Eugène | Military Glory

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André Eugène | Damballah

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André Eugène | Ezili Danto

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