Alexandre Desane

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Crépus is an on-going photo series on Black hair of Black people in France. I’ve started this series back in 2019, everything began with a global project on Racism I'm still working on, with different lines of research.
A short film I've directed called "The Orange child", it deals with the vision of racism through the eyes of a Black child and about the stereotypes in the cinema and video game industry in France which led me to start creating my own short video game with a Black hero.
While I was working on these two projects, I've kept hearing about Black people getting fired because of their hairstyle.That was the starting point of this photo series, I needed to celebrate Black hair.
My name is Alexandre Desane, I was born in France, of Haitian parents, Frizzy hair is obviously part of my everyday life. I chose on purpose to shoot Black people outside, within the city, I don’t want no studio, no extra lighting. The series is exclusively shot in Black & White film with a Street photography approach. It’s important to me to show Black hair in everyday life on women, men, and children...
Crépus is a celebration of the uniqueness of Black hair.

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Alexandre Desane is an actor, photographer, filmmaker and web developer.
As an actor, he was part of several independent films such as 'To Repel Ghosts' (2013 TIFF) and 'RUN' by Philippe Lacôte (2014 Un Certain Regard), 'HEIS (chroniques)' by Anaïs Volpé (2016 LA Film Festival, 2017 IFFR). He was selected as a Berlinale Talent in 2015, in the actor workshop.
As a filmmaker, in 2020, he produced and co-directed a documentary series on self taught artists in France (funded by Le CNC).

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