Cédrine Scheidig

In a dialogue between two recent series – “It is a Blessing to be the Color of Earth” (2020), awarded the Dior Prize, which depicts the Afro-Caribbean diaspora in the Parisian suburbs; and “Les mornes, le feu”, begun in 2022 in Fort-de-France, Martinique – the artist reveals connections between two territories and the imaginaries of their inhabitants. Distancing herself from documentary photography, Cédrine Scheidig poses a subjective and poetic gaze on young people both in France and on the island. Her delicate portraits, details of urban landscapes and still lifes, bathed in a soft light, convey the feeling of a place rather than presenting an objective view of reality The artist explores the personal narratives of diasporic youth in the process of self-discovery, while opening up areas of reflection on such political subjects as the colonial past, cultural hybridity, modern masculinities and migration.

About the Artist

Born in 1994, Cédrine Scheidig is a photographer from Seine-Saint-Denis.
A graduate of ENSP Arles, she lives and works in the Paris region. In 2019, she participated in the Lagos Biennial Curatorial Programme in Nigeria. That same year, she completed an artist’s residency at the National Arts Center in Valletta. In 2021, she showed her work at the Rencontres d’Arles festival and was awarded the Dior Prize. The year 2022 was marked by her nomination among the “Ones to Watch” in the British Journal of Photography, and the presentation of her work in “Plat(t)form” at the Fotomuseum Wintethur, Switzerland.