Vincent Meessen: Blues Klair

This book furthers the reflection that was given form in the exhibition ‘Blues Klair’, a site to test History in terms of the present. A series of essays probes the enduring presence of colonialism as well as of alliances and cultural crossovers across time and space through the filter of the colour blue.
A poetic, formal, rhythmic, and discursive immersion in the colour of history, ‘Blues Klair’ attempts to elucidate Western colonial modernity’s urges to conquer, classify, and immortalize. Numerous illustrations and several new essays revisit elements of this exhibition that examines three journeys of exile at the end of the 1960s: African-American, European, and Caribbean. Voices, sounds, and shapes calling for an exile blues, poetics and politics that are dedicated to the harmonics of difference.