Joël Nankin

Artworks

Joël Nankin

Strange Fruit, Joël Nankin

Joël Nankin

Le chariot des malheurs, Joël Nankin

Joël Nankin

Terre mattée Terre démattée, Joël Nankin

Joël Nankin

Thiarroy, Joël Nankin

Joël Nankin
Joël Nankin
Joël Nankin
Joël Nankin

Biography

Born in 1955, Joël Nankin lives and works in Guadeloupe. Painter, musician, but also political activist, he has made his life a fight for creole identity.
Passionate about percussion, he founded in 1979 the AKIYO group, a musical project and separatist movement. Later, campaigning for Guadeloupe independance, he is judged for committing attacks and threatening the French territory integrity, and is imprisoned from 1983 to 1989.
Behind bars he discovered painting and has been influenced by the Haitian pictorial universe, Kandinsky and Mark Rothko. Nankin began working with pencil and soon moved on to colour. He uses mixed media, ink, acrylic, spray.
His really efficient works are poems dedicated to people that suffer, denounce domination and injustice. Violent in the way of using colours, abrupt and scheming, it seems to be the reflection of his political commitment.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2011: Festival de Longueil, Montréal
  • 2011: Tribute to Edouard Glissant, Baie Mahault, Guadeloupe
  • 2011: "27 mai, Limyè Ba Yo", Tribute to our ancestors, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 2010: "Lespwi Sonny Rupaire", Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 2010: Art Bémao, "Le déséquilibre", Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe
  • 2009: Casa Frela Gallery, Harlem, NYC
  • 2007: Atrium, Martinique
  • 2006: Festival de Jazz de Cayenne, Guyane
  • 2005: "The hardest thing for a human being is to be every day a man", Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 2004: Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
  • 2003: "État d'urgence", Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 2001: "Miroirs", Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 1999: "Anmwé", Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 1998: "An mawonaj", Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 1996: "Bitasyon", Habitation le Maud'huy, Saint-François, Guadeloupe
  • 1996: "Fanm bitasyon", Maison de la Guadeloupe, Montréal
  • 1995: "Bitako", Centre des arts et de la culture, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 1994: "Lakou", Centre des arts et de la culture, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018: "Éclats d'îles Vol.1", Galerie A2Z, Paris
  • 2007: Tribute to Sony Rupaire, Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 2003: Exhibition as part of the Franco-fête, galerie Gora, Montréal
  • 1998: "Autour d'une éclipse", Galerie Espace Art, Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe
  • 1997: "Musique Caraïbe", Le Marin, Martinique
  • 1997: "Le moi de la peinture", Saint-Martin, France
  • 1997: "Images franco-caraïbes", Musée national, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • 1994: Biennale de Saint-Domingue, Musée d'Art contemporain, République dominicaine
  • 1992-1996: Festival intercaribéen d'arts plastiques Indigo, Fort Fleur d'Epée, Gosier, Guadeloupe