“The domain of the Strange, the Marvelous and the Fantastic, a domain scorned by people of certain inclinations. Here is the freed image, dazzling and beautiful, with a beauty that could not be more unexpected and overwhelming. Here are the poet, the painter, and the artist, presiding over the metamorphoses and the inversions of the world under the sign of hallucinations and madness.”
Suzanne Cesaire 1941, Tropiques
“Thus, far from contradicting, diluting, or diverting our revolutionary attitude toward life, surrealism strengthens it. It nourishes an impatient strength within us, endlessly reinforcing the massive army of refusals.
And I am also thinking of tomorrow.
Millions of black hands will fling their terror across the furious skies of world war. Freed from a long benumbing slumber, the most disinherited of all peoples will rise up from the plains of ashes.
Our surrealism will supply this rising people with a punch from its very depths. Our surrealism will enable us to finally transcend the sordid dichotomies of the present: white/Blacks, Europeans/Africans, civilized/savages – at last rediscovering the magic power of the Mahoulis, drawn directly from living sources. Colonial idiocy will be purfied in the welder’s blue flame. We shall recover our value as metal, our cutting edge of steel, our unprecedented communions.”
– Suzanne Cesaire 1943 Surrealism and Us