Initiales / La Revue — Jb Joséphine Baker


Dance, performance

Initiales / La Revue
Jb Joséphine Baker

Past: Thursday, May 23, 2019 7 PM → 9 PM

The challenge of Initiales, an art and research magazine published by the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon, is based on pivotal figures that are at one and the same time the incarnation of a moment, of a current or a style, everything being perfectly illuminating on the time which is ours.

Josephine Baker, like all the figures who have haunted the previous issues of the journal Initiales, shows a gift of exemplary ubiquity. Her silhouette, her look, her escapades and her strategies of diversion forever marked the collective imagination of modernity. An eminently romantic character who crossed the 20th century and the continents, but also a resistant and militant of the first hour in the fight for the civil rights, she is today a voice, a mask and a mirror of a formidable efficiency tense to the contemporary and current debates on notions of identity and representation. The refusal of the assignment, here is probably what sums up the best this chameleon who lends her initials to this new issue of the eponymous journal published by the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon.

Conceived in collaboration with Marie Canet, Ensba Lyon teacher, art critic and independent curator, this thirteenth Initiales brings together contributions by Anne Dressen, Elvan Zabunyan, Sophie Orlando and Anne Anlin Cheng, interviews with Paul Maheke , Cheryl Ann Bolden or Arthur Jafa and portfolios by Julien Creuzet, Ja’Tovia Gary, Kara Walker, Melissa Airaudi or Jimmy Robert.

Spring release 2019

Director of publication and writing: Gilles Levavasseur
Editor-in-chief: Claire Moulène
Associate Editor: Marie Canet
Graphi designers: Noémie Besset and Robyn Johnson, under the direction of Alaric Garnier

A co-edition of the National School of Fine Arts of Lyon and the Ricard Corporate Foundation.


Diffusion : Les Presses du Réel, Dijon.
Revue Initiales
Les presses du réel

08 Paris 8 Zoom in 08 Paris 8 Zoom out

1, cours Paul Ricard

75008 Paris

T. 01 70 93 26 00

Official website


Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM
Visites commentées le mercredi à 12h30 et le samedi à 12h30 et 16h

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • Julien Creuzet
  • Jimmy Robert
  • Kara Walker
  • Paul Maheke
  • Anne Dressen
  • Elvan Zabunyan
  • Sophie Orlando
  • Anne Anlin Cheng
  • Cheryl Ann Bolden
  • Arthur Jafa
And 2 others…