Come meet Gerty Dambury to understand her experience and political combat through arts and literature. Dambury is a theater director, novelist, and poet from Guadeloupe, French Caribbean. She studied English and Arabic at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
During the social negotiations in Guadeloupe in 2009, Gerty Dambury deplores a disturbing fact: “Once the Secretary of State was called back, as well as all other services and Directors representing the French State administration, only Black people were left.” This struck Dambury as reecting a global absence of Black professionals (with few exceptions) in French State administration, committees deciding about cultural grants, and national cultural centers. To address this problem, she decided to participate in writing the manifesto « Décolonisons les arts! » (“Decolonize art!”) launched in September 2018 at La Colonie, the cultural space co-founded by the French artist Kader Attia.
The discussion will be held in English.