Revue Noire 10

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Revue Noire 10

Country perspectives


Art Portfolios and artists' panorama


Special Performing arts

Dance, theater, music



Editor Jean Loup Pivin

68 pages 40x28cm 
Published in September 1992
In French, English and Portuguese




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The Time of the Alien


Truths and lies are always to be found in other places, on distant horizons. The "true self" is too close to home, too secret to enable us to really tell what it represents in one's own society, in one's  own country. Even if everyone tends to shower us with stereotyped images of the country that they suppose to be ours. Just as if the Human Being from birth was a merchandise that cannot change. If we are what we were, believing in man’s freedom would also imply that we are what we become. There is no finished product, simply a product that is constantly changing.


True feeling of freedom are to be found in places that do not belong to us. Real feelings of difference appear when the other is an integral part of us and this difference is no longer physical, but cerebral. It’s when I become White that I declare my Negritude, but it's only when I become a citizen of the world that I can claim to be French, Algerian or Malian.


The sea is there, fluid, violent, immense. What can I do to possess it ? What can I do to stop it fascinating me ? How can I not ask it to carry me for a while, for the time I am here, nowhere ? The wind incites me to throw sheets of paper up into the sky to carry my dreams to other shores. The mythical Cape Verde Islands are there, as if to say that only "elsewhere" is possible. The Cape Verde Islands are a land where one can live elsewhere. Land rights become a pointless promise, beggars trouble the waters of the cascades, time cannot erase everything, time cannot fulfil every need.


Elsewhere, always elsewhere, just to know that elewhere is always home.


by Jean Loup Pivin



contents of RN 10 :




ART / Tchale Figueira, Barros Gizzi, Manuel Figueira, Nancy Baptist, Maria Luisa Queiros, Isabel Duarte 

PHOTO / Figueira, Ron Barboza, Claire Andrade Watkins
LITERATURE / Dina Salustio, Luiz Silva, Corsino Fortes, Vera Duarte, Maria Margarida Mascarenhas, Teobaldo Virginio, Vasco Martins, Kodé di Dona, Teofil Chantre



performing ARTS

DANSE / Le marché des arts du spectacle, le MASA d'Abidjan, Irène Tassembedo
THEATRE / Bruno Tilliette, Punta Negra, Sony Labou Tansi, Tchicaya U Tam'si, Linga Tere, Vincent Mambachaka, Richard Demarcy, Tract, Philippe Dauchez, Les Intrigants, Landu Mayamba Mbuya
MUSIQUE / Lokua Kanza, Oumou Sangaré, A. Free K, Zao, Zouglou, Rap, RAS, Césaria Evora, François Bensignor, Frank Tenaille




ART / Tamsir Dia, Dakpogan, Mohamed Haidara, William Wilson

PHOTO / Dorris Haron Kasco, Pierre Verger

LITTERATURE / Jean-Claude Charles, Severo Sarduy


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