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Heritages & Créolités

FMN / Oubli pa mwin Project

Forget Me not Project is an ongoing collaboration between artists, educators et independant journalists investigating the heritage of 1848-1880 late colonial period. It starts in Reunion Island and extends to India, Belgium, Nederlands etc. focusing on laborers heritage through fashion, sewing techniques and production of vibrant live shootings to create a corpus of dynamic contents for transmission & pedagogy.

The Project is leaded by Alicia Piot Bouysse since 2021 and involved so far an active community from Indrajeet Yadav now gathering data on Indentured laborers from Mumbai after digging into history of indigo blue dye... or Dominique Vandanjon Herault providing archives, setting up collaboration with museums and conservatory institutions such as IHOI (Iconothèque Historique de l'Océan Indien) and contemporary inputs on the vivid presence of these heritages in current Reunion Island creole communities.

The result is as the subject : a rich & complex narrative showcased "humbly & growing" - between DIY, Art brut and social media experiments. It's prevalent output is dyeing, pattern reconstruction and sewing of unique pieces of clothing once worn by real identified laborers depicted in ancient watercolour paintings, sketches and early photographic material.

For the very first time in Contemporary Art networks, we are proud to showcase a Reenactment Initiative as a piece of Art. We hope you will enjoy it and invite you to dig into this story via the FMN Project Blog.

    SUMMER Exhibition 2023 #01