Éloj Kréyol (Creole Praise): Meanderings in the Field of Decolonial Design
The fourth issue of Field Essays brings to the fore the research Éloj Kréyol ("Creole Praise") 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 creolization and alienation processes in Martiniquan society ("Creole Voices" by Martiniquansociologist and poet 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 writer and curator Lucy Cotter); the circulation of aesthetic norms at the turn of the century ("The Creole Ninfa" by art historian Thomas Golsenne); and the legacy being inherited by the upcoming generation ("Nasyon A Ti Kréyol, Design as Transmission").
Edited by Sophie Krier
Designed by In Edition / Eva van der Schans
Published by Onomatopee Projects, 2019
Softcover, 112 pages, 68 color and 5 b&w images, 6.75 × 9.25 inches