Julien Creuzet is a French-Caribbean artist who lives and works in Paris. A visual artist and poet, he actively intertwines these two practices via amalgams of sculpture, installation, and textual intervention that address his own diasporic experience, and his relationship to his ancestral home, Martinique, which he refers to as “the heart of my imagination”. Inspired by the poetic and philosophical reflections of the French Martinican writers Aimé Césaire and Édouard Glissant on creolization and migration, Creuzet’s work focuses on the troubled intersection between Caribbean histories and the events of European modernity. Creuzet’s distinctive sculptural language often repurposes found materials; relics of detritus washed ashore by oceans or the unrelenting progress of history. Throughout his work, Creuzet creates a dialogue with the question of emancipation and the legacy of the Caribbean diaspora as it exists today.
His work is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at the LUMA Foundation, Arles, titled Orpheus was musing upon braised words, under the light rain of a blazing fog, snakes are deaf and dumb anyway, oblivion buried in the depths of insomnia. Past solo exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre, 2021, CAN Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 2019, Palais De Tokyo, 2019, and Fondation Ricard, Paris, 2018. Creuzet has additionally participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Manifesta 13, Marseille, 2020, In 2021, Creuzet was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, and in 2019 was the recipient of the Camden Arts Centre prize at Frieze London.