Harbouring Fanon in Oran

1.       Harbouring Fanon in Oran

 Fanon left Algeria from Oran and served in France, notably in the battles of Alsace. In 1944 he was wounded at Colmar and received the Croix de guerre. When the Nazis were defeated and Allied forces crossed the Rhine into Germany along with photo journalists, Fanon's regiment was "bleached" of all non-white soldiers. Fanon and his fellow Afro-Caribbean soldiers were sent to Toulon (Provence). Later, they were transferred to Normandy to await repatriation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frantz_Fanon.  Harbouring Fanon in Oran superimposes two visual tropes that are separated by time, a woodcut whose imagery is drawn from early European colonial maps and Google Maps. These two images are collapsed onto the single geographic location of the harbour at Oran. The contemporary refence of Google Maps points to the continued influence of Fanon in the present.

  • Harbouring Fanon in Oran
  • Christine Dixie
  • 2019
  • hand colored woodcut with transfer