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Smaïl Kanouté. Yasuke Kurosan, the black samurai in Japan

30 min visit

Paris
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
11 Nov → 28 Feb 2021
Wed to Fri from 11 am to 8 pm. Thu until 10 pm. Sat & Sun from 10 am to 8 pm. Closed Mon & Tue.

« Japan takes over the MEP, part 2!  »

The first floor of the MEP, the Studio, is a space dedicated to emerging photography and digital arts. It is here that the exhibition of the young Smaïl Kanouté, "Yasuke Kurosan, the black samurai in Japan" is displayed. For his latest creation, the visual artist, dancer and choreographer is inspired by the life of an African slave who arrived in Japan in the 16th century and became a samurai. Fictional video or documentary? Through the writing of a filmed choreography, Smaïl Kanouté tells us the initiatory story of Yasuke Kurosan and his metamorphosis: his body going from that of a slave, bent by work, to that of a samurai standing upright and proud. Between African dances and Japanese rituals (the Art of Bushido, the tea ceremony etc), it is a hybrid dance that denounces the presence of ancestral rites still present today. This video is part of a triptych that deals more broadly with the affirmation of identity and denounces the effects of colonialism on the affected populations. The video presented was co-directed with and filmed by Abdou Diouri.

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