Florine Demosthene: The Stories I Tell Myself
Gallery 1957, Ghana presents The Stories I tell Myself, an exhibition of paintings by contemporary African-American artist Florine Demosthene.
The exhibition sees Demosthene transform the uniformed gallery space into a personalised setting. Maroon coloured walls, resembling a boudoir, make the public space private, creating both a sense of intimacy and intrusion. Small-scale works with highly decorated, ornate frames invite the viewer to interact more closely with the work. Using a combination of figurative and abstract mark making, Demosthene constructs alternative landscapes to present the heroines of her practice. The artist explains: “For me, my art has been a peeling away of layers of preconceived ideas; much in the way a snake sheds its skin, this slow shedding process can be viewed as a continual rebirth of our identity.”
Exploring themes surrounding race and gender, the artist uses her own identity to re-evaluate the socio-political structures and conditions that surround black female sexuality and physicality today. Using a combination of figurative and abstract mark making, she constructs alternative landscapes to present the heroines of her practice and to re-examine her own sense of self.
Demosthene was born in the United States and raised between Port-au-Prince, Haiti and New York; she has spent the past four years living and working across Africa. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in New York and her Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College-City University of New York. Demesthene has exhibited extensively through group and solo exhibitions in the USA, Caribbean, UK, Europe and Africa.
The Stories I tell Myself runs at Gallery 1957 until May 6, 2018.
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