Matilde dos Santos

97200 Fort-de-France, Martinica



Historian, curator, and PhD student in Art History at the University of Antilles, Martinica, working at the intersection of art history and cultural studies with a focus on the notion of identity in performance art in the Caribbean, and a strong interest in life stories and collaborative work.




2013–Present | Independent curator


Guest curator/mentor selected by the CATAPULT art Grant for the Caribbean to conduct studio visits with 6 of the 24  Stay Home Artist Residency participants (Natusha Croes d'Aruba, Reginald Sénatus d'Haïti, Camille Chedda de Jamaïque, Gwladys Gambie de Martinique, Ada M Patterson de Barbados et Mireille Myrlande d'Haïti. 


“RESET” [Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine], Fondation Clément, Martinique, 25 May - 18 July 2018. Curator, writer exhibition catalogue and conference. 


« Livres sculptures » [Habdaphaï], Salon International du Livre de Martinique, November 2013. Curator,


« Porteur de Mots », [Habdaphaï], Theodoro Braga Art Gallery, Belém, Para, Brésil, mai 2013. Curator


« Porteur de Mots » [Habdaphaï], Itinerant exhibition and performances: Alliance Française of Cap Haïtien & Sainte-Lucie, and  the Haïti National School of Arts, October 2013. Curator and producer


Lecturer, Art History Department, University of Antilles, Schoelcher, Martinique



One course developed: History and Image for students in BA History, 1st year. Instructor of record each term.  In addition to lectures, I led weekly discussions, kept office hours, graded exams and papers, and filed final course grades. 


Invited assistant professor, Art History Department, Campus Caribéen des Arts, Fort de France, Martinique, 


Two seminars (16H) per semester. History of modern and contemporary Brazilian art  One course for the BA visual art and design and one for the MA visual art and design.


Cooperation officer at the Regional Council of Martinique:

2006-2007 | 2011-2015 | 2017 -…


Follow-up of joint projects with Caribbean partners AEC and OECS (2006-2007). Head of a project of bilateral cooperation with the state of Para, Brazil (2011-2013). In charge of bilateral cooperation with the Caribbean countries (2011-2015) conception of the mechanism for the placement of Martinican public officials in French diplomatic posts in the Caribbean and Brazil (2011-2013). In charge (2011-2015) of the executive administration of the Bruxelles office of the French outermost regions (Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, La Reunion, Mayotte, Saint Martin). In charge of international relations for international meetings organized by the Regional Council of Martinique: Investor's conférence, Agricultural International saloon, International book saloon, Diaspora forum. (June - December 2013).  


2007-2011 | 2015-2016 

Contact point of the EU Fund INTERREG CARIBBEAN for the cooperation between French overseas departments and the Caribbean. 


Scholarly and Professional Publications




In collaboration with Barret, Jean-Baptiste (photographer). Le jardin des sculptures de la Fondation Clément. Paris, HC éditions, 2020.


Le Jardin des sculptures [audioguide] (2016), Fondation clément, 2020


« Mémoires battantes engagement social et transmission intergénérationnelle des expériences ». In Michelle Landry, Martin Paquet et Anne Gilbert (eds) Mémoires et Mobilisations, Presses Universitaires de Laval, Quebec, 2015



Exhibition Catalogues and texts


Reset, [catalog exhibition artist Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine], Fondation Clément, Martinique, 2018 


Luminosité secrète, [exhibition catalog artist Dora Vital], Villa Chantecler, Martinique,2018

ADN, [exhibition catalog artist Ronald Cyrille aka B Bird], Tropiques Atrium, Martinique, 2018  


Entre Danse et Transe, [exhibition catalog photographers Guy Veloso et Daniel Dabriou], Saint John Perse Museum, Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe, 2017


Art recycle Circule !   [Catalog of a collective and itinerant exhibition of Martinican artists], Conseil général de Martinique, 2014



Web sites


Visual Arts art critic and writer for the International Association of Art Critics, Southern Caribbean Section, ; Active since 2013, more than 40 articles on Caribbean art. Also a writer for the Madinin’art, webzine on art and spectacle. The entire list of articles may be consulted at , section what/articles. A short selection:

« Femmes artistes noires brésiliennes et caribéennes : défier l’invisibilité » 28 janvier 2018 | /


« Art en relation : Li diab’là une performance de Christian Bertin » , 22 August 2017 |


« Tout ce qui est neg n’est pas noir, discriminations racisées dans la performance en Martinique », 25 juin 2017 | 


« La performance en Martinique, un peu d’histoire », 29 April 2017 |


« Identités Caribéennes : Construction/déconstruction identitaire dans les œuvres de Tirzo Martha et Habdaphaï »,1 avril 2016 |


 « Reset de Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine », 27 mai 2018 |


« L’œuvre d’art, archive de la mémoire : interroger l’histoire », 2 mars 2018 |



conferences/invited lectures/presentations


30 May 2019 | Pop up sections, Tilting Axis 5, MACTE, Guadeloupe (a short summary)

9 Mai 2018 | “Gender studies” PHD Seminar, University of Antilles, Martinique (long version - 1-hour presentation)

Speaker | Paper presented : « Les corps intranquilles –performeuses noires brésiliennes et caribéennes »

29 August 2018 | International conference of Francophone feminist research (CIRFF), University of Nanterre, Nanterre-France

18 January 2018 | International Association of Art Critics – southern Caribbean section, Tropiques Atrium , Fort-de-France

3 November 2017 | Symposium Politics and Poetics of Afro-Latin Visibility, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, (delivered in English)

Panelist/Speaker | Paper presented: « Femmes artistes noires caribéennes et brésiliennes : défier l’invisibilité, (Black female artists from Brazil and the Caribbean: challenging invisibility )


30 May 2018 | Study days on dance, gender and race, University of Antilles, Martinique  

Speaker `paper presented: “Tout ce qui est neg n’est pas noir”, 

18 July 2017 | Table ronde La Rencontre, SERMAC (city service for cultural action), Fort de France,

Panelist | Paper presented : « Art en relation : errance et déambulation. Li diab’là une performance de Christian Bertin »


8 July 2017 | Clement Foundation, curator's conference in the scope of the exhibit Reset  - artist Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine

Speaker | Paper presented: « RESET : mémoire, guérison et réenchantement du monde »


7 April 2017 | Conférence doctorale 2017, University of Antilles, Martinique 

Speaker | Paper presented :« Mémoires mouvantes : construction et déconstruction identitaire dans l’art performance de la caraïbe », 


29 January 2017 | Clément Foundation , Martinique. In the scope of the Exhibit Le Geste et la Matière, curated and co-organised by the Center Pompidou and the Clément Foundation - Pompidou 40th anniversary. 

Speaker | Paper presented : “Le Geste et la matière : de l’abstraction au nouveau réalisme", 


12-15 October 2016 | Table ronde – AICA en el Caribe, XLIX Congrès de l’AICA, La Havane, Cuba,

Panelist | Paper presented : « Aica Caribe del sur, una sección espéciale » (delivered in Spanish)


2 October 2016 | Clément Foundation, Martinique. In the scope of the Exhibit Armature. Artist Hervé Beuze

Speaker | Paper presented : « Hervé Beuze, Armature – Une histoire de l’homme » 

16-22 February 2016 | Turning Tides: Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond Conference, Port of Spain, UWI, co-organized by the University of West Indies and the Trinity College, Connecticut, USA. Trinidad,

Panelist | Paper presented: « Shifting memories: identity and auto fictions on Caribbean performances” (delivered in English) 

15 December 2015 | CEREAP (Center for studies and research in aesthetics and visual arts) Conference co-organized by the 

CRILLASH, ESPE de Martinique,

Panelist | Paper presented : « Sois marginal, sois Héros, Hélio Oiticica et la contre culture » 

28 May 2015 | 40ème Annual conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, Nouvelle Orléans,

Panelist |Paper presented: « Tirzo Martha and Habdaphaï performances: witnessing the ephemeral existence of a space defined by changings, transitory moments and precariousness” (delivered in English)


15 March  2015 | CEREAP conference - L’Art dans la Rue , ESPE de Martinique,

Panelist | Paper presented: « L’art au-delà de la toile » (on street artists and pixo artists from Brazil) 


12 March 2015 | Colloque international interdisciplinaire - Poétique et politique de l’altérité, Fonds St Jacques, Martinique,  

Panelist | Paper presented : « Identités caribéennes : le jeu de miroirs. Construction/déconstruction identitaire dans les œuvres de Tirzo Martha et Habdaphaï. », 


13 January 2014 | Séminaire, Campus Caribéen des Arts, Ecole des Arts Visuels de Martinique, 

Speaker | Paper presented : « Biennale de Sao Paulo et autres lieux de monstration »,


23 April 2013  | Conférence du CEREAP, Art et folie, ESPE de Martinique, co-organized by the CRILLASH

Panelist |Paper presented: « Art et folie : le cas Bispo »,  





PhD, History of Art, Université des Antilles, expected 2021

Dissertation: “Mémoires mouvantes : construction et deconstruction identitaire dans la performance dans la Caraïbe – étude de cas sur la Martinique depuis la fin des années 80”. (Moving Memories: identity construction and deconstruction in Performance Art in the Caribbean – a case study in Martinique from the late 1980) 

Advisor: Professor Gilbert Elbaz


MA, Linguistics, Université des Antilles-Guyane, 1994

Thesis: “Typologie des modèles narratifs” (Typology of Models of Narrative Analysis)

Advisor: Professor Jean Barnabé

with highest honour


MA, Linguistics, Université Diderot (Paris 7), 1991

Thesis : “Logique des prédicats et traduction automatique : le cas de la négation (portugais/français)”

Advisor: Professor Francis Corblin 

with highest honour


BA in Linguistics, Université Diderot (Paris 7), 1990


BA and Teaching certificate in History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, 1986





CNPq scholarship, January 1984- July 1986

A governmental Brazilian fund for a personal undergraduate research project: “A estoria é uma so” (the story is always the same) about how do we tell History in History manuals for second-degree schools in Brazil (1830-1985).

Member of the jury of the Ministry of Culture of France, decentralized commission for visual arts of Martinique. 2018-2019

Member of the jury of the CinéMartinique festival 2"-31 October 2020; Serie documentaires. 



French-Portuguese bilingual (mother tongue Portuguese)

Spanish and English: Fluent (reading and speaking)



International Association of Art Critics – southern Caribbean section (AICA-SC) member since 2013, secretary since 2020

Museu da Pessoa (Person Museum), a Brazilian virtual museum that collects and diffuses personal stories, and developed and teaches the social technology of memory. (founder member in 1991)



President Association Brazil - Martinica (ABRAMA) – cultural exchanges Martinique/Brazil | 2010-2017

Member Association Carouge – protection of the birds of Martinica  | since 2000




Cinema (created and managed a film-club in high school at 16 years old), dance, literature, exhibits, sailing (crossed the Atlantic 3 times on a sailing boat: July-August 1988, October 1990, November 1991)


This website is my portfolio, references available upon request.


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