Mirtho Linguet

Mirtho Linguet

Since then, I never stopped trying to understand why my father said that.”

My first contact with effects of racism occurred at the very moment of my birth.
My mother told me one day that right after my birth my father asked why I was so «black»? Since then, I never stopped trying to understand why my father said that.”

My first contact with effects of racism occurred at the very moment of my birth.
My mother told me one day that right after my birth my father asked why I was so «black»? Since then, I never stopped trying to understand why my father said that.”

Biography

Born on the 25th of October 1968 in Cayenne (French Guiana), Mirtho Linguet, studies at the MI 21 Photography School in Montreuil, before he settles in Zurich, Switzerland in 1998. During 8 years, he works for fashion magazines and ad agencies.

Today, Mirtho lives in French Guiana. This is with the photographic series from the Alchemy project, created in 2009, that he expresses his questioning, marking a rupture with the artificial world of fashion.

His photography becomes clearer, more distinct, and more frank. In some of his series, even though in documentary form, his models reveal themselves in all truth, bodies and postures remain raw, faces without makeup but not without a certain aesthetic appeal.

The organization of the elements in the images conveys the willingness to reveal the singular character of the model he photographs. All the elements finding themselves on an equal footing. By a subtle mirror effect, his models give the impression to become one with the scenery.

After a one-month residency at Point Éphémère in Paris in 2010, he goes in another residency in the beginning of 2011 during 3 months in the National Advanced Arts School of Dijon.

"My photography questions the individual and his role in society as a factor of cultural wealth. I am interested in the individual, his story and his territory. Reality remains my inspiration."

Listen Mirtho talking about his work and the exhibition Black Dolls Project (in French)

1996 1st prize JIP (International Photography Festival) Arles
2017 1st prize "Fine Art" Category FotoweekDC Competition

2010 Area revue n° 2 France
2011 Supplement of « OMA » Magazine, Beaux Arts Éditions (Fondation Clément Martinique).
2011 Regards partagés édition plume verte, French Guiana
2012 Afrikadaa France
2013 ARC magazine n° 7 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2013 Transition Magazine USA Harvard University W E B Du Bois African Afro American Research Institute

2009 Botanic Garden, French Guiana, «ALCHEMY»
2011 Saint-Sulpice Place, Paris, «ALCHEMY»
2011 0MA Orangery of the Senate, Luxembourg Garden «collective exhibition», Fondation Clément, Paris
2012 Global Caribbean, Miami
2012
Impressions en Espaces Improbables, Cayenne
2012 Photographic Encounters Guiana, Cayenne
2013 Photaumnales Beauvais France at the invitation of Michel Semeniako
2013/2014 International Biennal of Contemporary Art, Martinique
2013 Global Caribbean Fondation Clément, Martinique
2015 Black Dolls, ENcRE, Cayenne
2017 Black Dolls, Vivid Gallery, Washington DC
2017 Black Dolls Project, Anacostia Arts Center, FotoweekDC, Washington DC

2010 January, Point Éphémère, Paris, France
2012 January-March, Fine Arts School, Dijon, France
2013 Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana

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