The imaginary life of objects

Monday 03 Jul 2023 from 7pm to 8:30pm

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A dialogue between two researchers from the visual world, Anne Lafont, an art historian, and Ariane Temkine, a doctoral student in art theory, about the exhibition by the artist Pol Taburet.

Anne Lafont has worked on the cultural motifs of Carribean spaces, while Ariane Temkine studies animated cinema and its worlds, two themes underlying the works on show in OPERA III ZOO: "The Day of Heaven and Hell".
Anne Lafont is an art historian and professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.

She is interested in the art, images and material culture of the Black Atlantic, as well as historiographical issues relating to the notion of African art. She has published on art and knowledge in an imperial context, on gender issues in the discourse on art in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and her book L'art et la Race. L'Africain (tout) contre l'oeil des Lumières was awarded the 2019 Fetkann Maryse Condé Literary Prize and the 2020 Vitale and Arnold Blokh Prize. Anne Lafont was a member of the scientific committee for the Musée d'Orsay exhibition Le modèle noir (2019). In 2021, she was awarded a residential grant from the cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Villa Albertine, and an Iris Award from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. She was also Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art History at Williams College (Massachusetts) for the academic year 2021-2022. Her latest book, co-edited with François-Xavier Fauvelle, is L'Afrique et le monde. Histoires renouées de la préhistoire au XXIe siècle, Paris, La découverte, 2022.

Ariane Temkine is a doctoral student at EHESS, where she is working on her thesis under the supervision of Anne Lafont on the notion of the cinematographic character in Disney animated films (1937-1989).

A former research fellow at the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, she worked until 2023 on the "Sismographie des luttes - Vers une histoire globale des revues critiques et culturelles" programme under the direction of Zahia Rahmani.

Her research interests include cinema, theories of fiction, and representations of gender and race. Her work has been published in Les Cahiers de l'Ecole du Louvre, Figure de l'Art, Perspective...