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Nyugen E. Smith | Haïti / Trinidad

Né en 1976 à Jersey City, USA, d’origine haïtienne et trinidadienne,
Vit et travaille à Jersey City, USA,
Installation, performance, peinture

With a fearless approach, multi-media artist Nyugen Smith embraces the role of cultural informer and champion of social justice. Drawing heavily on his West Indian heritage, Smith is interested in raising consciousness of past and present political struggles through his work which consists of sculpture, installation, video and performance. Growing up in Trinidad, Smith was profoundly influenced by the conflation of African cultural practices and the residue of British colonial rule encountered in his daily life on the island. Responding to this unique cultural environment, Smith’s art is a reaction to imperialist practices of oppression, violence and ideological misnomers.

In his practice Smith revisits such events as Belgian, Dutch, French and English occupations in Africa and the Americas, American reconstruction-era politics, racism and revolutionary movements. His performance and video pieces enable him to claim an authentic voice in challenge to historical inaccuracies, while exposing to audiences the concealed narratives that distort reality and evade truth. These investigations enable Smith to re-visit and question individual identity as well as past and present social orders. His interest in identity politics and social constructs has left an indelible mark on the global community as Smith seeks to redress historical misrepresentations, subjective politics and omissions of the truth. His fearless approach is informative, universal and humanistic. -Jeanne Brasille

Diplômé en beaux-arts (BFA) de la Seton Hall University de South Orange, USA (1998).
Il complète sa formation en dessin et peinture au Studio Art Center International de Florence, Italie.

Nyugen E. Smith donne des conférences au Studio Museum in Harlem, à la Cooper Union, au Pratt Institute, New York ; au Jersey City Museum ou à l’University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Expositions individuelles de Nyugen E. Smith aux USA

Thy Kingdom Come à la Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery de la New Jersey City University (2013) ; Distinct Ethnic Magical Tales à la 40owls Gallery de New York (2012) ; To the Kapitol (everybody come) à la Solo(s) Project House de Newark (2011) ; Sophisticating the Negro à la Paul Vincent Gallery d’Hoboken (2011) ; Nyug’ Nuts: Seeing Voices, Hearing Faces au Kedar Studio of Art de Newark (2010) ; Bundle House Worldwide: Soon Come chez A Condos à Jersey City (2010) ; 1 X 1 Series au Jersey City Museum (2008) ; Bundle House à l’Abington Art Center, Jenkintown (2008) ; Bundle House Crisis Center à la Residue Gallery de Jersey City, (2006) ; Penvern presents: Nyugen Smith à Penvern à New York (2004) ; Creative Clash au Chelsea Market de New York (2004) et Silent Wars à la Seton Hall University de South Orange (1997).

Expositions collectives

SITE à la Long Island University de Brooklyn (2012) ; Get it on the Record au Caldwell College (2012) ; Figure Fragments au Bushwick Open Studios (2012) ; Implications of Nature: Performance Art (2012) et ‘Til Judgement Day (2011) au Grace Exhibition Space de Brooklyn ; l’exposition itinérante Dandy Lion au Reginald F. Lewis Museum, à la Society HAE in Harlem, aux ateliers Open ZO à Amsterdam, Hollande, au MoCADA de Brooklyn et à Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art de Newark (2011-2012) ; Letting Go, Newark Open Doors (2011) ; Habeas Corpus – SITE Festival/Arts in Bushwick à Brooklyn (2011) ; Planet of Slums aux Mason Gross Galleries de la Rutgers University (2010) ; Sanctioned Array à la WHITE BOX gallery de New York (2010) ; This Incredible Life à la Clyde Stacks gallery de la Milton Hershey School (2010) ; ‘flo : art, text, new media au Center for Book Arts de New York (2009) ; Red Badge of Courage au Newark Arts Council (2008) ; Sprawl au Jersey City Museum (2008) ; Black Rock à la Gallery Aferro de Newark (2007) ; Bras For A Cause à la Louis K. Meisel Gallery de New York (2006) ou Off the Rack: Art Made from, On or About Clothing à la Arts Guild of Rahway (2006).

Biennales, foires

Le travail de Nyugen E. Smith est présenté à Art Basel ou à la Performance Art Biennial d’Houston, Lonestar Performance Explosion, USA (2012).

Interview Exclusive de Nyugen E. Smith (novembre 2013)

Nyugen E. Smith expose dans le Pavillon International de la BIAC Martinique, Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain, dont la première édition se tient du 22 novembre 2013 au 15 janvier 2014 et dont le thème est « De la Résonance du Cri Littéraire dans les Arts Visuels ». A ce titre, Uprising effectue en reportage à la Martinique du 19 au 26 novembre et conduit une série d’interviews de l’équipe organisatrice, des commissaires invités, des artistes en résidence et des artistes exposant dans les Pavillons International et de la Martinique. En novembre 2013, Nyugen a répondu aux questions d’Uprising Art sur sa pièce Untitled (Boat). Lire plus

Interview Exclusive avec Nyugen E. Smith (printemps 2013)

Nyugen E. Smith a répondu aux questions d’Uprising Art. He shares with us about his artistic practice, how it evolved throughout his career, and how he uses photography, video, mixed media installations as well as painting or performances to create a unique body of work. Find more about his investigations in themes of repetition, power, controversy, colonial/post-colonial constructs.

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Oeuvres de l’artiste

Nyugen E. Smith | Untitled Installation (Boat #1)

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Nyugen E. Smith | Sound of Hallowed Halls

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Nyugen E. Smith | At the Masquerade Before Lent (With a French Woman and Whip)

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