Éloj Kréyol

Field Essays (2008-ongoing) is a series of books approached as a listening pause between thinkers/practitioners from all walks of life and academia– a pocket size conversation on radical practices in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Field Essays manifests itself through book-related encounters (exhibitions, workshops, podcasts, round tables, field trips). Moving back forth between reflection and fieldwork, Field Essays is an attempt at weaving an embodied and situated vocabulary of art-based making. Field Essays is led by Atelier Sophie Krier and channelled through public gallery and publisher Onomatopee Projects.

Éloj Kréyol. Meanderings in the field of decolonial design

The fourth issue of Field Essays brings to the fore the research Éloj Kréyol by design-duo dach&zephir (Florian Dach and Dimitri Zephir). Initiated in 2015, Éloj Kréyol is an attempt to reconcile, and reactivate neglected artisanal and cultural lifelines in the genealogy of the French Caribbean archipelago.

The five meanders that structure this book are invitations to ponder on the hidden biographies of archival images (Encounter between Dimitri Zephir, Florian Dach and X, edited by Sophie Krier); the enduring creolisation and alienation processes in Martiniquan society (Creole Voices by André Lucrèce); the material ingenuity of a water jar, a simple kitchen knife, and a basket (Mapping Histories by dach& zephir); the richness’s and unknowns of a collaboration across cultures in the field of design (Design as Relationality, Aesthetics as Agency: on dach& zephir by Lucy Cotter); the circulation of aesthetic norms at the turn of the century (The Creole Ninfa by Thomas Golsenne); and our legacy to the upcoming generation (Nasyon A Ti Kréyol, Design as Transmission). Bon lekti!

Book talks took place at DDW Eindhoven, OFFPRINT Paris, and Piet Zwart Instituut/Master Education in the Arts, Rotterdam in 2019 – see inst. for process updates.

Onomatopee 55.3
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ISBN 9-78493-148055

This issue of Field Essays was generously supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Onomatopee Projects, Provincie Brabant, Atelier Sophie Krier, EnsadLab – PSL Université Paris and authors © 2019. All photos by Onomatopee. Graphic design by Inedition