Deep in the Mud, We Are Enmeshed in All Its Forms, II

Julien Creuzet, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Daniela Yohannes, and Julien Béramis
Past event


Deep in the Mud… is an ongoing series that considers the wholly unique environment of the Caribbean and the various social, political, historical, and colonial resonances present in its current ecological moment. This second film program in the series presents three moving image works that find widely varying points of entry into the Caribbean’s land, sea, and sky. Julien Creuzet anachronistically highlights the enduring effects of the plantation economy in Martinique and Guadeloupe; Sofía Gallisá Muriente plaintively travels Puerto Rico documenting the calcified specter of natural disasters brought on by the colonial project; Daniela Yohannes and Julien Béramis bridges diasporic wanderings across an unforgiving landscape that counters the romanticized paradise of the Caribbean. These artists dig into the earthen cores of history and themselves to offer perspectives of archipelagic thinking.


Presented in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Tigrinya with English subtitles.

Please note: Deep in the Mud, We Are Enmeshed in All Its Forms, II contains nudity.

Weaving between the earthly and the ethereal, Muriente’s film meditates on what it means to grapple with impermanence and uncertainty.

Dessane Lopez Cassell, Metrograph

The Jack H. Skirball Series is organized by Jheanelle Brown.

about the artists

Julien Béramis

Julien Béramis is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from Guadeloupe and France. His work combines acting, writing, directing, music, and performance. He uses these disciplines as tools to explore the complex history of the island. He uses intuitive writing, observations of nature, and pushes the limits of his body through dance and performance to reach a trance and pathways for healing.


Daniela Yohannes

Daniela Yohannes lives and works in Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. Her work reflects upon the racialized movement and conditional belonging of the African diaspora, using her own Ethiopian-Eritrean heritage as a lens.

Through abstract portraiture and storytelling across multiple media, Yohannes explores the overlap of individual and collective subconscious and desire, and the destruction caused by displacement. Her work dwells on alternative Black realities, considering the bonds between herself, her family, and other communities through magical symbolism.

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Julien Creuzet

Julien Creuzet is a French-Caribbean artist who lives and works in Montreuil. A visual artist and poet, he actively intertwines these two practices via amalgams of sculpture, installation, and textual intervention that address his own diasporic experience, and his relationship to his ancestral home, Martinique, which he refers to as “the heart of my imagination.” Inspired by the poetic and philosophical reflections of the French Martinican writers Aimé Césaire and Édouard Glissant on creolization and migration, Creuzet’s work focuses on the troubled intersection between Caribbean histories and the events of European modernity. Creuzet’s distinctive sculptural language often repurposes found materials—relics of detritus washed ashore by oceans or the unrelenting progress of history. Throughout his work, Creuzet creates a dialogue with the question of emancipation and the legacy of the Caribbean diaspora as it exists today.

In 2022-2023, his work was the subject of two solo exhibitions at the LUMA Foundation(Arles) and LUMA Westbau (Zürich), titled Orpheus was musing upon braised words, under the light rain of a blazing fog, snakes are deaf and dumb anyway, oblivion buried in the depths of insomnia. Past solo exhibitions include: Camden Arts Centre (2021); CAN Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2019); Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2019); and Fondation Ricard, Paris (2018). Creuzet has additionally participated in numerous group exhibitions, including 35ª Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2023), Manifesta 13 Marseille (2020).

In 2021, Creuzet was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, and in 2019 was the recipient of the Camden Arts Centre prize at Frieze London. Creuzet will be representing France at the 60th Biennale de Venezia in 2024 and has a solo exhibition at the Magasin CNAC in Grenoble in 2023-2024.



Sofía Gallisá Muriente

Sofía Gallisá Muriente is an artist whose research-based practice resists colonial erasures and claims the freedom of historical agency, proposing mechanisms for remembering and reimagining. Her work deepens the subjectivity of historical narratives and contests dominant visual culture through multiple approaches to documentation. She employs text, image, and archive as medium and subject, exploring their poetic and political implications. Muriente has been a fellow of the Smithsonian Institute, Cisneros Institute at MoMA, Puerto Rican Arts Initiative, Annenberg Media Lab at USC, and the Flaherty Seminar. She’s also participated in residencies with the Vieques Historical Archive, Alice Yard (Trinidad and Tobago), FAARA (Uruguay), and Fonderie Darling (Montreal), among others. She has exhibited in Documenta, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, Savvy Contemporary, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, and galleries like Km 0.2 and Embajada. From 2014 to 2020, she co-directed the artist-run organization Beta-Local. In 2023, she was awarded the Latinx Artist Fellowship.

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list of films

Atopias: The Homeless Wanderer (2023), 25 min. *

Dir. Daniela Yohannes and Julien Béramis


Celaje (2020), 41 min.

Dir. Sofía Gallisá Muriente


mon corps carcasse / se casse, casse, casse (…) (2019), 7 min.
Dir. Julien Creuzet


* only presented in-person