Les fumées – Carnets d’un procès pour génocide – Rwanda 1994, France 2018

The Smoke – Diaries of a genocide trial – Rwanda 1994, France 2018



49 drawings from “Les fumées”, A4, black frames, bank, leaflets, 2023

Frise – “Come to trace through the smoke”, Hamburg, Germany, September 2023


The Smoke – Diaries of a genocide trial – Rwanda 1994, France 2018, Creaphis publisher, 2023

In 2018, artist Natacha Nisic attended the appeal trial in France of the two people responsible for the Tutsi genocide, Tito Barahira and Octavien Ngenzi, in the commune of Kabarondo, Rwanda. She drew and took notes during the sessions, capturing the exchanges, atmospheres, postures, behaviors, tensions and emotions, and thus transmits them to us, with no pretensions to exhaustiveness or objectivity, in an operative incompleteness. As we move through these written images, we are in turn captured. This trial is crucial for what it raises in terms of history, justice and memory.

Historian Hélène Dumas, who was also present at the trial and testified as an expert witness, gives us an insight into the issues at stake. Outside the courtroom, her own notes and the sources from the recordings take us on another journey. The notebooks, as if left in the courtroom, keep the memory alive in their souls and consciences. The continuous writing contained in these notebooks forms a work of art.

Published with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques and Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

Créaphis éditions
Approx. 670 pages / 500 notebook pages




RFI, La marche du monde, au tribunal face au génocide des tutsi, Valérie Nivelon

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