Marie-José Crespin

Marie-José Crespin: Necklaces fashioned out of trade beads (no date given)
Courtesy the artist


Ever since her youth, Crespin has created magnificent necklaces. And as she is now a woman of advanced years, there are many. The beads, shells, gold pieces, vertebrae and corals (to give only a partial list) that Crespin collects and pieces together are materials she knows well, and she pays tribute to their respective histories. Through their particular threading, not only are these necklaces each an exhibit in miniature, they are also an interpretation of the fate of the African continent. But creating these necklaces has never been Crespin’s only métier: she was the first woman judge to serve on Senegal’s Constitutional Council.