Françoise Soulé Zinsou Duressé is a multi-ethnic multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores and expands the limits of traditional media—painting and drawing, digital printmaking, sculptural installation, performance and oral storytelling, film, video and experimental sounds. Her work is a meditation on the power of imagery and object-making to represent trauma and death and the state of the world as observed through the eyes of a woman of African descent: it draws on the esoteric spirituality and magic of her Beninese-Haitian-Jamaican lineage to address the politics and aesthetics of geographical and social displacement and the evolving realities of identity perception. She is interested in the politics and aesthetics of pain, the complexities of memory and place, identity, transnationalism, African Diaspora, Afro-Caribbean history, trauma, and displacement.
She was the recipient of a Yaddo residency, 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. Several publications have written about her work, including Art in America, and she was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She has exhibited her work in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas.