This interview is part of an ongoing conversation between Claire Tancons and Ronald Cyrille, which began at the Tout-Monde Festival in Miami in March 2018. It was followed-up by a virtual visit on December 9, 2020, to his studio at the Mémorial ACTe (MACTe) in Guadeloupe during his residency there (November 2020 – March 2021) in partnership with the Pérez Art Museum Miami’s Caribbean Cultural Institute. The conversation will continue as Ronald is preparing for his upcoming exhibition Génésis: Mythologies individuelles.
Claire Tancons is a curator, writer, and researcher invested in the postcolonial politics of art production and exhibition. She publishes for and speaks at artistic and academic venues, as well as teaches, art history, as the inaugural Mellon Global Curatorial Fellow at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (2020) and curatorial practice at the School of Visual Arts (2021). Notable curatorial projects include EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean (2015-2018), Up Hill Down Hall for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London (2014), Tide by Side, Faena Forum, Miami Beach (2016), and etcetera: a civic ritual, Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (2017). Tancons has curated for biennials including those in New Orleans (2008-9), Gwangju (2008), Cape Town (2009), Bénin (2012), Gothenburg (2013), and Sharjah (2017-19). She is the recipient of fellowships, grants, and awards from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, Foundation for Arts Initiatives, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Creative Capital. Born in Guadeloupe, she lives in diaspora and works in situ.