La baignade by Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien



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Book Description

La Baignade, 2018
ink on tenjin paper
8.9 x 6.2 inches

Marie-claire Messouma Manlabien has lived in Paris since leaving Côte d’Ivoire in 2004 during the civil war. Marie-Claire Messouma Manlabien works across a variety of mediums including textiles, drawing, sculpture, photography, painting, video-performance, engraving, and installation. In her work, she seeks to juxtapose diverse cultural elements, bringing them together to form new, syncretic pieces with additional layers of meaning. Interested in the complex relationships between notions of a universal popular culture, everyday life, and traditional handmade construction processes, Manlabien creates physical encounters between industrial and artisanal materials. She is inspired greatly by the traditional practices of the matriarchal Akan society in Côte d’Ivoire, who historically crafted weights in order to value gold. The artist speaks of her intention to create ephemeral, poetic narrations which are in perpetual renewal, resulting in tangible pieces which both ‘witness’ and ‘trace’ past diverse cultural histories. She sees her practice as an ongoing development and an exploration into the intersectional positionalities of women, which she represents in part through an experimental approach to the configurations of her works from one exhibition to the next. With each installation she strives to create poetic spaces, each piece manifesting a plural identity, representing their myriad cultural influences. Manlabien defines herself as simultaneously a storyteller of poems and maker of forms.

You can view more of her beautiful work on her site, her artsy page, or her instagram.

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