This exhibition by French Guianese photographer Mirtho Linguet was inspired by the 1973 poem Limbé by Léon-Gontran Damas, co-founder of the Negritude movement, Black Dolls is a visually impactful series of images which questions the impact of racism on the body and its representation. Linguet manifests scenarios of magical realism to visualize the lived experiences of those in his home, French Guiana; re-contextualizing life under a global system of white supremacy. The women in Black Dolls are posed in lingerie within a mix of natural and man-made environments, always with a confronting gaze.
Mirtho Linguet began studying the art of photography in the early 1990s at the MI21 School of Photography in Montreuil, France. He later moved to Zurich,Switzerland to build on his skills and became a highly sought after magazine photographer, working with GQ, Vogue, FHM, Cosmopolitan and many others over a span of 8 years. In 1996, he won the International Days of Photography Award and went on to a residency at Point Ephémère in Paris followed by a three-month residency at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Dijon, France. Mirtho Linguet currently works and resides in French Guiana. The Black Dolls Project is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of France in the United States.