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Bruno Pédurand, aka IWA | Guadeloupe

Born in 1967 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe,
Lives and works in Fort-de-France, Martinique.
Installation, painting

“I have been developing for more than ten years an artistic approach which aims at interrogating the incidences of the historical and cultural determinants in the construction of an individual conscience in post-colonial societies. My discourse is not limited to the sole West Indian society, which from its particular history represents an archetype of modern society but which should be envisaged as a reflection on the human being as social animal.

Faced with a more and more normative word, it seems to me that it is necessary to claim the artistic fact as an affirmation of a singularity, from a standpoint. Between the western philosopher and the African griot, the statute of the artist allows a critical distance, reflection and even a dream, many activities considered in modern societies as uncontrollable even subversive.

I therefore claim the right to subversion“.

Graduated from the IRAVM (Institut Régional d’Art Visuel) of Fort-de-France, Martinique (1990).
Bruno Pédurand is professor of visual arts there.

In 2000, he is artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris, France.

In 2012-2013, Bruno Pédurand is artist in residence in Gorée, Senegal, under the aegis of the Musée Dapper of Paris, France, for the project Mémoires (“memories”).

Individual shows by Bruno Pédurand

His last individual shows include : Amnesia at the gallery Olivier Robert of Paris, France (2010) and at the Fondation Clément in Martinique (2008) ; Projet Itinerrance at the Centre Culturel Fonds Saint-Jacques of Sainte Marie, Martinique (2003) and Iwa – Temps de l’esprit at the Casa de las Américas of Havana, Cuba (1997).

Collective exhibitions

Esthétique de la Rencontre at the Fondation Clément in François, Martinique (2012-2013) ; The Global Caribbean 4 – French West Indies & Guiana – Focus on the Contemporary Expression at the Little Haiti Cultural Center of Miami, USA (2012-2013) ; Figurations Caribéennes at the Palais des sports et de la culture of Gosier, Guadeloupe (2012) ; Summer Show at the gallery T&T Art Contemporain of Jarry, Guadeloupe (2012) ; Who More Sci-Fi Than Us at the Kunsthal KadE of Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2012) ; Caribe Expandido at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre Fonds Saint-Jacques of Sainte Marie, Martinique (2011) ; OMA – Outre-Mer Art Contemporain at the Orangerie du Sénat, Paris, France (2011) ; Kreyol Factory at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (2009) ; État des lieux : trois ans d’exposition at the Fondation Clément in Martinique (2008) ; Latitudes – Terres du monde at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris (town hall), France (2007) that travelled to Dominican Republic (2010), to Panama and to the 10th Havana Biennial (2009) ; Guadeloupe Nouvelle Vague at the gallery JM’Arts in Paris, France (2007) ; Diaspor’art at the Palais des Congrès of Cotonou, Benin (2004) ; Iconofagia at the foundation TEOR/éTica of San José, Costa Rica (2004) and Latitudes – Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, La Réunion at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris (townhall), France (2002).

Biennials, fairs

Bruno Pédurand participated in the 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009) ; in the Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador (2004) ; in the 1st Caribbean Biennial in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1992) and in the event Art Bemao in Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe (2009).

In 1998-1999, he was part of the projet La Route de l’Art sur la Route de l’Esclave – curated by Régine Cuzin, that was showcased at the Centre Culturel Fonds Saint-Jacques of Sainte Marie, Martinique (1998) ; at the Artchipel at la Scène Nationale of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe (1999) and at the Camp de la Transportation in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guyana (1999).


The artworks of Bruno Pédurand are in the guadeloupian collection Art Public.


In 1998, he won the grand prix from the jury of the 30th International Painting Festival of Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

Interview of Bruno Pédurand (November 2013)

Bruno Pédurand exhibits in the Martinican Pavilion of the BIAC Martinique, Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain, which first edition is held from November 22, 2013 to January 15, 2014 and which theme is “On the Resonance of the Literary Outcry in the Visual Arts“. For this need, Uprising travelled to the Martinique from November 19 to 26 to report on the event and conduct a series of interviews of the organizing team, the invited curators, the artists in residency and the artists from the International and Martinican Pavilions. In November 2013, Bruno answered to our questions on his new pieces Hétérotopie N°1 & 2. Read more

Artworks by the artist

Bruno Pédurand, dit IWA | L’héritage de Cham

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Bruno Pédurand, dit IWA | Les enfants du père Labat

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Bruno Pédurand, dit IWA | Marassa Twins

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