The MEP Studio, Paris, France
01 Feb 2023 - 26 Mar 2023
For the first part of the winter season, the MEP Studio presents the work of the young French- Caribbean photographer Cédrine Scheidig, winner of the Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents in 2021.
In a dialogue between two recent series – It is a Blessing to be the Color of Earth (2020), awarded the Dior Prize, which depicts the Afro-Caribbean diaspora in the Parisian suburbs; and Les mornes, le feu, begun in 2022 in Fort-de-France, Martinique – the artist reveals connections between two territories and the imaginaries of their inhabitants. Distancing herself from documentary photography, Cédrine Scheidig poses a subjective and poetic gaze on young people both in France and on the island. Her delicate portraits, details of urban landscapes and still lifes, bathed in a soft light, convey the feeling of a place rather than presenting an objective view of reality. The artist explores the personal narratives of diasporic youth in the process of self-discovery, while opening up areas of reflection on such political subjects as the colonial past, cultural hybridity, modern masculinities and migration.