Solo Show at Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City
12.11.2021 - 23.01.2022
« The body, that's what started it all.
The body you see in magazines and the one you look at in the mirror.
These representations where you don't necessarily recognize yourself, even when thin, white, young and able-bodied. What a shame! Yet, what we always see and feel is posturing of desire — an image replete with seduction, validation, or certain type of unique beauty standard. These are things I have felt since I was young : the sensation of performance of feminity. Something rather unnatural. A female body always under the pressure of observation, objectification, sexualization and judgment.
I would like to desexualize the so-called female body and show it with a different perspective than an eye of desire, a tool of please the other. I wish to show the honesty, the fragility, the solitude, the humor, and even the reveries of young women. With my experience as a growing young woman, I wish to show the gaze upon the evolving body. To make fun of these hypersexualized attributes and instead show curiosity, absurdity, and kindness : a playfulness with our body! To laugh with it and not at it. Perceive our body as a painting, a landscape, or a wrapping, a manifestation brought to life. Bulges become clouds, stretch marks become the branches of a rivers' delta.
And then, I wish to recover possession of this body and its power for desire and pleasure. By oneself and for oneself; independence and emancipation. I discover the political power of the body. I slowly advance on the road of feminism that feels visceral but still so much larger than I. I gradually understand how gazes blinded by stereotypes have locked up our bodies according to our appearance. I am learning how forces of power and domination relate to female bodies and classify them according to gender, race and class. I would like to highlight the voices of these women, among many others, who are always fighting for more justice, understanding, and equality. This is just the beginning of my long journey to understand the world through women and how we can fight together to make it better. »