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Hall looks at the renewed interest from black artists in the Martiniquan psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon, in the context of the exhibition Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire, curated by David A. Bailey, which took place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ica) in London in May 1995.

Hall explores the concepts of creole and creolization, recounting the time shortly after he arrived in Britain when he immersed himself in the contending interpretations of the formation of post-enslaved cultures that had developed in Caribbean culture. He returns to “the African survival vs. creolization debate” and begins to fashion the analytic tools to “understand how the culture of Caribbean migrants in the new diaspora would evolve.” Hall described this as the “‘creolizing’ moment in Cultural Studies.”

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