C&AL: How did you develop the thematic structure of this year’s festival?
Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut: Just like the 1st edition in 2017, there is no theme for the new edition of the Festival, FIAP2019 Martinique. However, there are two important features this year:
AG: As curators, Henri and I encourage artists to create an exchange, an encounter. We stimulate new collaborations, new interconnections and non-institutional networks between artists from Martinique and the artists who will be coming from abroad. Thus, we offer participating artists the opportunity to pair with another artist, in order to create a duet performance in situ, outdoors (at a research and investigation laboratory set up in a natural environment near the beach on the southern tip of the island, at the Savane des Pétrifications) and indoors in Fort de France.
HT: During a one-day creative workshop, we invite and encourage scientific debates among researchers, academics, artists, art critics, curators, engaged activists and the audience to open avenues for reflection on the importance of performance art, its subversive side and the taboos questioned through this genre.
C&AL: Could you tell me more about how the artists were selected?
AG: There was no open call or call for applications. Henri and I selected the participating artists whom we already knew as friends, as we are part of the same big family of performers. We appreciate their work, which we have seen performed live, during our artist residencies all over the world or at festivals where we’d been invited. Many artists we chose talk about ecological issues, or queer identity or postcolonial issues.