Putting form and process at the center, the academic Terri Francis and artist Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich discuss Martinican writer Suzanne Césaire’s creative possibilities and intellectual production during the early 1940s. Francis interviews Hunt-Ehrlich about her research, her vision for the construction and experience of Too Bright to See (Part I) at PAMM, and her overall creative approach—especially her collaboration with French actress Zita Hanrot. The conversation was transatlantic, taking place over Zoom, between Paris and New York, highlighting the international links between Martinique, the United States, and France that shape this installation and the intellectual landscape from which it arises.
Terri Francis is Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Miami and author of Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism (2021). Dr. Francis was awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2022, and from 2017 to 2021, she directed the Black Film Center & Archive at Indiana University, where she expanded the organization’s national and international relationships. In 2013, she edited a landmark special issue on Afrosurrealism for Black Camera, and she has contributed to Feminist Media Histories, Film Quarterly, and sx salon. In 2021, Francis gave the Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture “Josephine Baker as a ‘Rememory’ of Global Black Cinema?” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.