Rotting

This sculpture is one of my very first sculpture as a wannabe-artist. Like my first step into this world as a human being fully accepting itself, I used this first step in the art world to translate this experience.

When you come to “this one main realisation that will change your life forever” on your own, I think you should be able use your voice share this “déclic” and perhaps help other people that might not know they are in the same position and give a little push forward in their lives.

I believe that if you’re sensitise early enough you could actually bring great changes around you or simply understand things from another perspective; I decided to use my first sculpture to bring light on the importance of representation, the profound violence of stereotypes and oppression. Moreover, I am not just denouncing but I’m pushing ideas that could help us finding solution to prevent negative experiences within society, raise question that will allow to protect each other & recognise potential dangerous or harmful behaviour

Cette sculpture est une de mes toute première sculpture en tant “qu’artiste-en-devenir”. De la même façon avec laquelle je suis entrée dans ce monde comme être humain s’acceptant de façon entière, j’ai utilisé ces premiers dans le monde de l’art pour traduire cette expérience.

Lorsque vous parvenez à “cette si particulière réalisation qui changera votre vie pour toujours » par votre propre moyen, je pense que nous devrions systématiquement pouvoir utiliser votre voix pour partager ce « déclic » et peut-être aider d’autres qui pourraient être dans la même situation sans vraiment s’en rendre compte et peut-être les aider à prendre une autre direction dans leurs vies.

Je pense que si vous êtes sensibilisé assez tôt vous pouvez apporter d’important changements autour de vous ou voir les choses d’une autre perspective; C’est ainsi que j’ai décidé d’utiliser ma première sculpture pour mettre en avant l’importance de la représentation, la violence sourde des stéréotypes et l’oppression. Ici, je ne dénonce pas seulement, j’apporte des idées qui serait susceptible de nous aider à trouver des solution afin d’empêcher qu’il n’y ai plus autant d’expériences négatives sociétales, mais aussi poser d’autre question qui nous permettrai de nous protéger les uns les autres et reconnaître les comportement dangereux ou potentiellement nuisible



A critic on the hypocrisy surrounding immigration in France: “Becoming a real French“
As being lighter than my brother and sisters, I had access to more privileges than they could have had in the exact same situation.  
Through all my childhood and teenagehood, class comrades, partners or even adults loudly reminded me that through delicate passive-agressive sentences like “with you it’s different, You’re not really like them” “You’re not really black” and would likely illustrate their sayings by pointing out at my nose not having ressemblance with my sisters’.

This extremely strange position, didn’t spare me but give me a bitter taste of another type of violence. It also allowed me to contemplate and come with a first critic of western society’s vision of immigration. What does it really mean? What are the steps to become a “perfectly integrated individual” and especially what is this whole concept around “being a real French”.

 

The answer to how can I be a “French” could in theory lay in having the french nationality, but for a lot of French; the concept goes way above. The truth behind being “ A real French”, is actually closely linked to the expression “Français de souche” (French of strain), meaning that your parents have the french nationality, were born and raise in France and not coming from a recent immigration movement. The expression was actually clearly explained by one of our fellow french female politician, it is “being white and christian”.
And if there is not enough proof for you, you’ll see that in France we have terms like “3rd” or even “4th generation of immigrant”. So WHEN are those “descendant of the immigration” will be considered as “Real French” then?
More than this idea, it seems that the path towards “acceptance as French” if you come from recent immigration resides in “leaving your culture to assimilate perfectly theirs”. Everything that your culture counts in, traditions, behaviour (for ex, dancing), food, culinary taste / smell should be left out to elevate to a more “western” behaviour.

All those idea remaining, are clearly and simply deeply rooted in a post-colonial discourse. . Since the discourse is only made from a conial-perspective-only, you’ll inevitably sub-alerted through the stories they’ll teach about your mother’s country, your mother religion. It also shows you that  whatever you’ll do, you’ll try to be in a mold you’ll never fit because you, or your mother and sisters’ body features, hair will be considered outside the spectrum of “real French“.

Une critique sur l’hypocrisie autour de l’ immigration en France : « Devenir un vrai français  »
Etant plus claire de peau que mon frère et mes soeurs, j’ai eût en partie accès à plus de privilège qu’ils n’auraient pût dans la même situation. Lors de toute mon enfance et ma puberté, certains camarades de classe, les partenaires que j’ai eût ou de la part d’adultes, ont eût l’amabilité de me rappelé cette différence   par de délicates phrases au caractère passives-agressives comme « avec toi c’est différent, T’es pas comme eux » “T’es pas vraiment noire » et illustraient probablement leurs dires en montrant à mon nez n’ayant aucune ressemble avec ceux de mes soeurs.

Cette position extrêmement étrange, ne m’a pas épargné, mais m’a laissé un goût amer d’un autre type de violence. Il m’a aussi permis d’arriver à une première critique de vision de société occidentale sur l’immigration. Qu’est-ce que cela signifie vraiment ? Quelles sont les étapes pour devenir un “individu parfaitement intégré” et surtout, quel est ce concept autour “d’être un vrai français”




Questioning yourself & your environment:

It is clear that many post-colonial ideas are still very present and still have an impact on how we see our society or how we’re perceived. If we want to get rid of the toxic ideas around immigration, to live together, we must understand that  “assimilation” might be the wrong solution and replace it with “inclusion”.
Being accepted for who we are, for our past and respect each other with our different heritage. It is the decision we are making in the present that will change our future.  For this, we must always question the past, understand who counted the past and be critical about ourselves.

As community members, we have to face these barriers in order to achieve our goals. Make sure that everyone in our community understand that most ideas like stereotypes and prejudices does not come from within themselves and are not defining who we are.
In addition, if the discourse we hear about ourselves fails to represent us, our values our culture – we need to push it back . Never acknowledge a story that doesn’t break the monotone narrative of colonialism. Our heritage and our own story are what make us proud to identity with and doesn’t deserve to be sub-alterned but consider as an equal. The main principle of equality is being the same even through our differences. 

When the academic space is failing to give you answers, you’ll have to look for them in your own circles, your own family and as a start, within yourselves.