I live a journey of a thousand years: Raphael Barontini
Introducing a new exhibition featuring the work of French artist Raphaël Barontini
The exhibition title paraphrases a passage from the poem Calendrier lagunaire, published in 1982 by the late Martinican author and politician Aimé Césaire, which reads: “I dwell in a thousand-year journey.”
This is a journey that Barontini feels he is living, alongside those whose life experiences result from uprooting and displacement, and whose identities have been forged by encounters with other cultures through processes of creolization.
These processes were described by Martinique-born French philosopher Édouard Glissant as a complex entanglement of different cultures forced into cohabitation, as in the case of the Antilles and other countries in the Caribbean.
The exhibition comprises about twenty works and is Barontini’s largest presentation to date at a US institution. Closely following the commission entitled We Could be Heroes at the Panthéon in Paris – part of the Carte blanche series organized by France’s National Monuments Center – the exhibition at the Currier features La Bataille de Vertières (2023) as its centerpiece, a monumental 65-foot-wide painting that first premiered inside the Panthéon and will be on view in the US for the first time.
The work is complemented by recent work from US private collections and several new pieces created specifically for the Currier Museum.
On view from March 7 through June 23, 2024.
This exhibition is generously supported by M. Christine Dwyer and Michael Huxtable.
save the date
Celebrate + Meet the Artist | March 7, 5:30 to 8 pm
Join us in celebration on the evening of the exhibition opening! Enjoy a vibrant night out with classical guitar music, a cash bar with light hors d’oeuvres and hear remarks from the artist with a champagne toast!
You will also have the opportunity to participate in curator and artist led tours of the exhibition, allowing you to engage with the work in new and unique ways. This will be a night to remember as we celebrate the work of a significant voice in contemporary art.
Advanced tickets: $20 for not-yet-members, $10 for members.
About the Artist
Raphaël Barontini was born in 1984 in Saint-Denis, France, where he still lives and works. Barontini’s combination of photography, silkscreen printing, painting, and digital printing results in a style of painting in movement that offers a new perspective on history, whilst simultaneously asking questions about the very status of painting in a museum or public space. He will soon be the artist-in-residence at Villa Albertine in New Orleans.
artist in residence
Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.
Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.
Open Call for Artist in Residence Applications
Our annual open call is currently live from October 1 – December 1, 2022. Artists who share the museum’s goal of positively impacting communities through the transformative power of art are encouraged to apply to this residency.