Françoise Soulé Zinsou Duressé is a multi-ethnic multidisciplinary artist working within the formal aesthetics of painting and drawing and site-specific installation formats, incorporating printmaking, ceramics, video, experimental sound, photography, and performance. 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 Black woman: it draws on the esoteric spirituality and magic of her Beninese-Togolese-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, trauma, and displacement.
She has participated in national and international residency including Yaddo Residency Program, Hungarian Multicultural Center, and Cholamandal Artists Village, Injambakkam in Chennai, India. She has won several films awards including, The Front, Migrations Film Festival award and Yaddo Donald and Genie Rice Filmmaker Residency Grant. She was invited to perform at the Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center. There has been numerous publications of her work, including Art in America; and featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. Her work, solo and in collaboration, has been presented at such institutions as Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, New York, USA, Bogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Bogota, Colombia, Galerie Nord, Berlin, Germany, Total Arts Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has exhibited her work in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.