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(Hybrid) Art and Diaspora: Christian Campbell and Cornelius Tulloch in Conversation

Wed June 19 @ 19 h 30 - 20 h 30


Artist Cornelius Tulloch and poet Christian Campbell explore diaspora through identity, environment, and artistic expression.

Join us for a multidisciplinary discussion featuring artist Cornelius Tulloch and 2023–24 Visiting Fellow and poet Christian Campbell. Tulloch will present his exhibition “Elements of Being,” which debuted at the 2024 Venice Biennale. This innovative piece blends evocative soundscape compositions, recordings from the Everglades, and dance interpretation to advocate for environmental equality. Many of Tulloch’s projects have been grounded in his upbringing and communities in Miami, as well as inspired by his Jamaican and African- American heritage. His work expresses the ways in which bodies exist between cultures and borders, exploring the importance of cultural identity within built environments and how space shapes culture.

Campbell will pay tribute to the artist John Beadle by taking up questions of form, aesthetics, ecology and elegy, as well as the problem of nation in the Venice Biennale. Born in Nassau to a Jamaican father and Bahamian mother, John Beadle (1964-2024) was a leading Bahamian artist working across multiple forms. Beadle received a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an MFA in Painting at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in addition to training in Rome, Italy. His work has been exhibited globally, including the Caribbean, the United States, Europe, Brazil, Japan and New Zealand.

This event is in partnership with The Californien Agency.

About the speakers:

Christian Campbell is the author of the acclaimed poetry collection Running the Dusk (2010), which won the UK’s Aldeburgh Prize, among other awards. Campbell studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and his work has been featured and reviewed in the New York Times, the Guardian, Small Axe, the Financial Times and elsewhere. He has received awards and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Arvon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and elsewhere, and delivered the annual Derek Walcott Lecture for the Nobel Laureate Festival in St. Lucia. He has contributed to books on visual artists for major exhibits on both sides of the Atlantic and won the Art Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for his work on Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

Cornelius Tulloch is a Miami-based interdisciplinary artist and architect. His work transcends the boundaries of photography, fine art, and architecture. Tulloch’s work has been shown in institutions such as the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.; NYU Center for Black Visual Culture, New York; CUE Art Foundation, New York; Locust Projects, Miami; Faena Art Project Room, Miami;  and the MAXXI, Rome. He was a 2016 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and his work is presented as part of the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Tulloch has won numerous prizes and residencies; he was named an Emerging Visionary Grantee by Instagram and the Brooklyn Museum’s Black Visionaries Program in 2022, is a two-time Oolite Ellies Award recipient, and received the 2023 YoungArts Jorge M. Perez Award.

The Visiting Fellowship is supported by The de Groot Foundation. 

Learn more:

Discover “Elements of Being” and watch Tulloch speak on the project here.

In an interview for the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, Campbell states that “I don’t give voice to anyone. In fact, many give voices to me.” 

Important information: The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (the speaker(s) will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.

Attendance at this event constitutes permission for your photograph or video to be taken at the event and used by the American Library in Paris for marketing, promotional, pedagogical, or other purposes.

Evenings with an Author are free and open to the public (with a 10€ suggested donation)
thanks to the generous support of Gregory Annenberg Weingarten of GRoW @ Annenberg.


Wed June 19
19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min
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