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Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, #Mater 7, Ladies Garden, 2016, raffia, ink on Tenjin Japanese paper, dimensions variable. Photo: Jérôme Michel.

“The Widening of Fantasies”

Maëlle Galerie

Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, #Mater 7, Ladies Garden, 2016, raffia, ink on Tenjin Japanese paper, dimensions variable. Photo: Jérôme Michel.

L’élargissement des fantasmes” (The Widening of Fantasies) dwelt in the artistic interstice between expressions of identity and individual experience. Desire and the potential ability to know rather than understand the desire of an “other” were central to this exhibition, according to its curator, Eva Barois De Caevel, who grappled with the occidental refusal “to grant men and women of other societies functionings and feelings that differ from their own when it comes to sexuality, love and intimate relationships.” Ultimately, the body itself was at the center of the exhibition, which took up representations or evocations of racialized, queer, gendered, and aged bodies in order to “let them be.”

The Zimbabwean artist Miriro Mwandiambira’s Mambokadzi-Mujibvawangu (Queen-My Dress), 2016, is a patchwork garment, an assemblage of diverse fabrics and acrylic nails that is functional

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