Françoise Soulé Zinsou Duressé is a multi-ethnic interdisciplinary artist whose work is rooted in the practice of collage, installation, painting and drawing, performance and oral storytelling, film-making and experimental sound. She is interested in the politics and aesthetics of trauma and death, the complexities of spoken and body language, memory and place, the shifting political realities of race identity and gender, cultural traditionalism, geographical and social displacement.
Duressé’s displacement from her native Caribbean to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and now the United States, has had a profound impact on her creative work. She was the recipient of a Yaddo residency and honored with the Donald and Genie Rice Filmmaker Residency Grant and nominated in 2015 for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. In 2017, she performed at the Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center, Reviewing 9. Her works has been written in several publications including Art in America, and featured on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She has exhibited her work in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas.