Marc Latamie - Self Employed Artist
Contemporary artist, Marc Latamie, has exhibited his artwork in galleries around the world. A native of Martinique, he draws upon post-colonial memories to create pieces that engage viewers on multiple levels. Marc Latamie earned great praise for his work on "Ajoupa," an installation incorporating such native Martiniquais spices as cinnamon and vanilla. To experience this piece, viewers entered a wooden, single-room structure where the spices are displayed. “Ajoupa” challenges viewers to imagine these familiar scents in a village in Martinique. Part of the 2005 exhibition "Island Thresholds: Contemporary Art from the Caribbean" at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, Mr. Latamie’s work remained on display for four months.
Most recently, Marc Latamie received a grant for his show, "For Rent," from étant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art. In preparation for this 2012 exhibition, he has created an installation featuring an absinthe distillery. While many countries have halted production of this alcoholic beverage, Martinique continues to distill the liquor today. Mr. Latamie received financial support for this multi-sensorial project from the New York State Council on the Arts. Throughout the course of his career, Marc Latamie has exhibited his work in Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and South Africa. In the United States, MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City highlighted his work in its 2002 show, "Tempo." His installation, titled "Casabagass," features a sugarcane grinder and examines labor, consumption, and commodities.
In addition to his professional work, Marc Latamie devotes his time to several cultural projects in rural Africa, including building schools. He is also passionate about African Art and finds inspiration from the works of Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.
Mr. Latamie currently resides in New York City and Paris.