Rendez-vous de l'Alliance with Anne Lafont
Date: 06 Dec 2022, 6:30pm - 8:00pm (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
For the December 2022 Rendez-vous de l’Alliance, we’re excoted to welcome Villa Albertine resident, Anne
Lafont. Her presentation, "How to be Enslaved and an Artist?" will focus on the effects that the
Atlantic Slave Trade had on art in the Americas and how these symbols and motifs remain visible today.
This event is completely free and open to the public and will be in English
Anne Lafont is an art historian and professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. She is interested in the art, images, and material culture of France and its colonial empire in the modern era, as well as in historiographical questions related to the notion of African art. She has published on art and knowledge in an imperial context, on gender issues in the art discourse of the 18th and 19th centuries, and more recently she published a book : L'art et la race. L'Africain (tout) contre l'oeil des Lumières. It was awarded the 2019 Fetkann Maryse Condé Literary Prize and the 2020 Vitale and Arnold Blokh Prize. Anne Lafont participated, as a member of the scientific committee, in the Musée d'Orsay exhibition The Black Model (2019). In 2021, she was awarded a residential fellowship from the cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Villa Albertine, and served, for the academic year 2021-2022, as the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art History at Williams College (Massachusetts). Her most recent book : L'Afrique et le monde. Histoires renouées de la préhistoire au XXIe siècle (La découverte, 2022) is co-edited with François-Xavier Fauvelle.