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Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. BFA in Painting and Drawing Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. BA Psychology
Temple University Tyler School of Art. Rome Program. Rome, Italy, MFA in Painting
Temple University Tyler School of Art. Philadelphia, PA. Painting Graduate Program

Françoise Duressé

Associate Professor, Painting/Drawing

FRANÇOISE SOULÉ ZINSOU DURESSÉ is a multi-ethnic interdisciplinary artist whose work is rooted in the practice of painting and drawing, performance and oral storytelling, film-making and experimental sound. She is interested in the politics and aesthetics of trauma, the complexities of spoken and body language, memory and place, the shifting political realities of race identity and gender, cultural traditionalism, geographical and social displacement.

Her work explores in how a narrative shifts back and forth between participation and observation and redraws the boundaries between historical fact and personal fiction by questioning how one may regain access to the idea of a “moment” through fragments of memory and the prism of the recollected. Her art practice transforms traumatic experiences of linguistic, geographical and social displacement into a multi-layered narrative. It recounts her own story of isolation and exile and aspires, at the same time, to be a meditation on the very act of storytelling.

Duressé displacement from her native Caribbean to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and now the United States, has had a profound impact on her creative work and views of the global world. She was the recipient of a Yaddo residency and honored with the Donald and Genie Rice Filmmaker Residency Grant. She was nominated in 2015 for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. She has exhibited her work in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas.


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