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David Damoison | Martinique FWI

Born in 1963 in Malakoff, France,
Lives and works in Paris, France

David Damoison started attending photography lessons at the Ecole Boule in Paris, France and at the American Center of the same city. Then he completed his training with visual arts practices in Saint Denis, France.

He became photographer assistant in the field of advertising and fashion for Jean Larivière and the studio Pin Up.

In 2011, he is artist in residency in French Guyana, in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, Mana and Awala-Yalimapo. In 2012-2013, David Damoison goes in Gorée, Senegal, for a special residency under the aegis of the Musée Dapper of Paris, France, for the Mémoires project.

Individual shows by David Damoison

Le Voyage des Sens in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, in Mana, in the Lycée de Rémire and in the Rectorat de la Guyane, French Guyana (2011) ; Portraits at the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris, France within the framework of the year of Outre-Mer (French overseas departments) (2011) ; David Damoison at the Anne de Villepoix gallery in Paris, France (2010) ; Nuits noires et blanches in Fort-de-France, Martinique and at the Museum of Afro-American Diasporas of San Francisco, USA (2007) ; Le Voyage des Sens at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France (2005) ; Segregaciones del Caribe urbano at the Museo Jacobo Borges in Caracas, Venezuela (2003) ; Les Maîtres de la parole créole at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre Fonds Saint-Jacques of Sainte Marie, Martinique and at the Habitation Clément (1995-1996) and Caraïbe at the Halle Saint-Pierre in Paris (1993) and at the Anneaux de la Mémoire of Nantes, France (1994).

Collective exhibitions

Guyanes > Pigment at the Fondation Clément in Martinique (2013) ; Who More Sci-Fi Than Us at the Kunsthal KadE in Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2012) ; 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 of Puerto Rico (2010) and in France in Sète at the MIAM – Musée International des Arts Modestes (2009) ; Kreyol Factory at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (2009) and Gestes, Regards at the Rencontres Internationales de Photographie d’Arles, France (1984).

The work of David Damoison is showcased during the 42d Salón Nacional de Artistas of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (2010-2011) with Portrait au travail at the Museo de Arte Moderno of Baranquilla.

Biennials, fairs

En 2013, he is invited to the 3d edition of the contemporary art event Art Bemao in Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe FWI ; as well as in the 2d Rencontres Photographiques de Guyane. In 2010, he is invited to the 7th Biennale du Marronage of Matoury, French Guyana ; to the Liverpool Biennial, UK in the Caribbean pavilion « City States » ; to Utropicos in Pontevedra, Spain or to the Fesman in Dakar, Senegal.
In 2008, David Damoison exhibits his work in the Joburg ArtFair, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2005, he shows Caracas, la Calle, El Patio at the Guangzhou Photo Biennial, China. In 2004, he is invited to the Rencontres Internationales de Photographie d’Arles, France, with his series on the dockers of Pointe Noire in Congo. In 2001, he takes part to the Ve Rencontres de la photographie africaine in Bamako, Mali, presenting this same project (Ports d’Afrique).


David Damoison’s artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions : Museum of Afro-American Diaspora of San Francisco, FRAC of La Réunion, Fondation Clément in Martinique, Musée de la mémoire de l’immigration in Paris and the French FNAC.


In 2000, he receives a prize from the Conseil général Pyrénées-Atlantiques (France) for his exhibition Le Voyage des Sens during the Festival Terre d’Images (World of Images) in Biarritz, France.


His photographs were featured in the magazine Revue Noire (when they dedicated two special numbers to the Caribbean) and in newspapers, as well as in the books Les Maîtres de la parole créole (1995) and Le Galion, Canne, douleur séculaire, ô tendresse! (2000) both with Raphaël Confiant ;Vodou ! Un tambour pour les Anges with Louis Philippe Dallembert (2003) and Paris – Caraïbes, le Voyage des Sens with Monchdachi (2002).