About A Common Breath

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A Common Breath on-site

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Part 1: Foreground

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Moune Ô

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Part II: Territories

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Day in A Life

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Surviving New Land

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Journey to a Land Otherwise Known

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Part III: Resistance

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Who's Afraid of Ideology, I & II

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Pawòl sé van

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Part IV: A Possible Toolkit

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Part 1: Foreground



10.03.21, 19:00

Live online screening of Moune Ô (2021) by Maxime Jean-Baptiste followed by a discussion between the artist and Malcolm Ferdinand.

This introductory chapter of A Common Breath brings together practices that feed a common ecosystem of thought and support the dismantling of the colonial gaze. In a new film commissioned by La Loge, Maxime Jean-Baptiste continues the research he started in Nou Voix (2018) concerning colonial memory, the Guyanese diaspora, and the staging of Black bodies. By questioning how “official” narratives are constructed, the film Moune Ô encourages a shift in perspective regarding the link between colonisation and extractivism. A discussion between the artist and Malcom Ferdinand, researcher, will further explore the film’s subject and the notion of a double, colonial and environmental fracture.


Maxime Jean-Baptiste is a filmmaker based between Brussels and Paris. He was born and raised in the context of the Guyanese and Antillean diaspora diaspora in France, to a French mother and a Guyanese father. His interest as an artist is to dig inside the complexity of Western colonial history by detecting the survival of traumas from the past in the present. His audiovisual and performance work is focused on archives and forms of reenactment as a perspective to conceive a vivid and embodied memory. He graduated in Visual Arts [BA] at erg/école de recherche graphique, Brussels (BE) and in Media Arts [MA] at K.A.S.K. School of Arts, Ghent (BE), and participated in the SIC/SoundImageCulture program (2018-19). His audiovisual works have been shown at ISFF Oberhausen (DE), ISFF Clermont-Ferrand (FR), Kasseler DokFest (DE), Bamako Biennale (ML), Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival (PT), Athens Ethnographic Film Festival (GR), Bozar (BE), Sphinx Cinema (BE) among many others. His first film Nou voix (2018) was awarded the Jury Prize at Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris (FR).

Malcom Ferdinand is an environmental engineer (University College London), doctor in political philosophy (University Paris-Diderot) and a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/Université Paris-Dauphine). His research, situated at the confluence of political philosophy, postcolonial theory, and political ecology, is focused on the Black Atlantic, particularly the Caribbean. He is the author of Une écologie décoloniale. Penser l’écologie depuis le monde caribéen.(Seuil, 2019), a work that explores the relationships between contemporary environmental issues through the prism of Western colonialism and slavery.

Moune Ô by Maxime Jean-Baptiste will be projected as part of the installation at La Loge from March 11th — March 13th.