13 April 2023 - 28 January 2024
Pérez Art Museum Miami /
Miami, United States
Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich. Still from "Too Bright to See (Part I)," 16 mm color film, with sound, 24 min. 2023. Courtesy the artist.
Too Bright to See (Part I) is an experimental narrative artwork by Madleine Hunt-Ehrlich that draws on her extensive research on the legacy of Suzanne Roussi-Césaire. The work will be on display at Pérez Art Museum Miami until January 28th, 2024.
Roussi-Césaire was a writer and anticolonial and feminist activist from Martinique who, along with her husband, Aimé Césaire, was at the forefront of the Négritude movement during the first half of the 20th century. She would also become an important Surrealist thinker, influencing the likes of painter Wifredo Lam and writer André Breton. However, despite her critical contributions to Caribbean thought and Surrealist discourse, until recently much of her work was overlooked.
Too Bright to See (Part I) weaves archival materials with cinematic narrative scenes filmed with an unconventional and modern cast. Drawing inspiration from Caribbean aesthetics and Surrealist artwork, this film installation brings attention to new aspects of Roussi-Césaire’s legacy that are undocumented in the public arena, while addressing the broader question of the continued erasure of women from historical accounts.
Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich (b. 1987) is a filmmaker and artist whose work blends narrative and documentary traditions to explore stories and experiences of Black women in the Americas.
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