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Johanna Auguiac-Célénice | Martinique

Johanna Auguiac-Célénice
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Graduated of NYU in art history,  New York University, USA (1994).

Johanna Auguiac-Célénice is the founder of the JM’Arts Gallery, launched in 2002 in Paris, France ; even if the concept of the gallery was launched as soon as 2001, time when the gallery was then located in the rue Crozatier in Paris in a flat. The gallery closed its doors at the end of 2011.
JM’Arts represented, amongst others, the artists Carlos Estévez (Cuba), Inès Tolentino (Dominican Republic), Thierry Alet (Guadeloupe), Anabell Guerrero (Venezuela), Yolanda Naranjo (Dominican Republic / Greece), Jorge Pineda (Dominican Republic), Sentier (Martinique)…
Every year, she organized the exhibitions Les Faiseuses, dedicated to Caribbean feminine artistic creation. Two women were invited to produce artworks together that they would later on exhibit. The gallery hence set up around 50 exhibitions of Caribbean and American contemporary art. JM’Arts was selected to participate in the « Slick Art fair » (2010) and in « Chic Dessin » (2011), both events in Paris, France. JM’Arts was responsible for launching the concepts of “Martinique Nouvelle Vague” and “Guadeloupe Nouvelle Vague” that enabled several emerging artists from the French Antilles to be presented in Paris ; or for showcasing Barbadian artists through the show Barbadiana.

In 2012, Johanna Auguiac-Célénice curated the exhibition Maditierra, honouring Martinique in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

In 2009, she is artistic advisor for the exhibition Kreyol Factory at La Villette, Paris, France, together with Régine Cuzin.

In 2008, she takes part to the international symposium « Contemporar Art in the Caribbean » organized in Martinique, through an intervention in the section around « Caribbean art, between identity revendication and will of international recognition ».

In 2007, she was curator of the festival Les Météores at the Scène Nationale de l’Hippodrome in Douai, France and for the festival of Francophonies en Limousin. The same year she is president of the jury of Bonao’s biennial in Dominican Republic.

From 1999 to 2002, she is profesor in art history and  semiology at the IRAVM, Regional Institute of Visual Art in Fort-de-France, Martinique.

Johanna Auguiac-Célénice is member of the AICA/Sud.

Johanna Auguiac-Célénice is the founding director 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.

Exclusive Interview of Johanna

In October 2013, she answered to our questions on the creation and development of the biennale. Read more

Johanna Auguiac-Célénice published her essays in the book Art Public, Une Collection d’Art Contemporain en Guadeloupe, Skira Flammarion, 2010. She contributes to exhibition’s catalogues, such as for Thierry Alet.