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Tjibaou Cultural Center

Guillaume Soulard is the artistic and cultural director of the ADCK (Agency for the development of Kanak Culture) Tjibaou Cultural Centre since 2011.
He orchestrates, at the heart of the institution, a work of development and valuing of contemporary expressions of New Caledonia by highlighting Kanak and Oceanian cultures. Thanks to the wonderful tool that is the cultural centre he works with teams from the ADCK to research, collect, value and promote the Kanak cultural heritage; to implement and develop the creation of Kanak art; to foster the emergence of practices and cultural references specific to New Caledonia; to be a hub for international exchanges and outreach.

www.adck.nc

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Théo Rouby has lived in the Pacific since 2011. He is based in New Caledonia, where he works as a press photographer and documentary filmmaker.
His fundamental approach is anchored in a vast region; Oceania, an invisible continent with very little French or international media coverage. This part of the world still holds many resources for humanity: sanctuaries of biodiversity, thousands of years worth of knowledge, as well as revitalised cultural practices.
Théo Rouby is particularly interested in the relationship between humankind and nature, in changes within small island societies and environmental issues.
He collaborates regularly with both publications in the region, and also with French media. Since 2014, he also covers the news in New Caledonia for the AFP (French Press Agency), and recently also for the newspaper Libération.

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Insurrection-Résurrection

Le monde calciné, brûlé, incendié,
Rissolé ... on a tout grillé.
Même la mort ... embrasée !
Même les rêves ... incinérés !
Même la langue ... immolée !
Même l'immonde ... frit !

Mélangé consommer et consumer et
tout s'est enflammé.
Reste quelques esprits, hagards et tout
noirs. Et Venon.
Vernis carbonisé. Venin cautérisé.
Venon fertilisé.
Et le monde re-éclot. Clos, close,
chlore, cru.
Le monde nouveau. Le monde de
demain, comme disent les gens d'hier.
Demain est une autre nuit.
Un jour noir et jaune.
Au milieu ciel drapeau aborigène.
Rouge.
Et la terre éclatée de Waa Wi Luu.
Rouge.
Sang.
Sang noir jaune rouge et fort et
nutritif de nos rêves d'avenir.
Éclatant !
Et le vieux mammifère.
Énorme. Tout noir.
Révigorante lucidité.
Premiers bourgeons sans femme.
Premiers boutons sans flamme.
Végétal pyrophyte.
Végétale pionnière surnage
Brasse la lave encore tiède.
 

Pire au man.
Pierre à feu.
Pyre que toutes.
Pire.
Mieux.

Masse.
Masses.
Mass.
Ma sœur.
Monf.

Mu.
Étanche.
Etrange.
Et tranche,

Mon frère.

Noir.
De suie.
D'anti-pluie.
De rien à foudre.
Le feu.
Noir le feu.

Brasier baiser.
Embrasiez-vous.
Civilisations cendres.
Cultures cendres.
Mi-grands.
Nu-tri-ments
Nue.
Nu.
 

St
Et puis fuck.

Monde à refaire.

Monde amer à boire.
Mais.
Au delà de.
La vie belle au-delà de.
Oh si beaux les rêves au-delà de
Si intranses. Si tout le tempi
O de la deux.
Un homme, une femme, un trans
Qui marchent
En époussetant la cendre qui aggravait
leurs peaux.
Et désormais les unit.

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Stéphane Camille is an author and translater living and working in New-Caledonia. 

This poem was written for the "Extinction" exhibition – To see more

Night of Ideas New Zealand is presented by the Embassy of France in New Zealand in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington, as part of La Nuit des idées, a worldwide initiative of the Institut français, Paris.

Participation of New Caledonian contributors is facilitated by the Delegation of New Caledonia to New Zealand.

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