Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa / French Composition : Narratives of La Croisière Noire
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa used her residency at the FNAGP and Villa Vassilieff in June-July 2016 to engage with the Smith-Lesouëf library. She drew on this collection in order to contextualize the research that she has been pursuing since 2014 into the archive of an event known popularly in French as La Croisière Noire. Described variously as a “raid”, an “expedition”, a “mission, a “quest”, an “adventure” and, on one notable occasion, as “the bloodless conquest of a continent”, La Croisière Noire (“The Black Cruise”) was the name given to the “trip” organized by French car manufacturer André Citröen, during which a team of 17 white European men drove eight specially designed off-road vehicles 30,000 km across the African continent.
Design and printing: Guillaume Ettlinger and Jérôme Valton.
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