We are very thrilled to share our upcoming solo booth dedicated to Haitian-American female artist, Florine Démosthène. For our fourth participation at The Armory Show we continue to dedicate our platform to exceptional female artists.
Using non-traditional materials like glitter and mylar, her work evoke a strong animated struggle, a fight over existing power. The superpositions of her alter-egos, reflect the resilience of the pre-fabricated codes of aesthetics dictated by a set of behaviors. One cannot escape the commodification and fetishization of the black body. The Artist is exposing a new physical paradigm, using gender and social attributes to escape determinism. She states “I feel my work is more about femininity and sensuality and what it means to be a woman, within the body you reside (which is heavily coded with race, size, skin color, etc.)”. Her subjects excavate new diasporic mythologies and ancient heroine figures while reconstructing Black female heroine personas.
Florine Demosthene was born in the United States and raised between Port-au-Prince, Haiti and New York. Démosthène 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. She has exhibited extensively through group and solo exhibitions in the USA, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.
She is the recipient of a Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Arts Moves Africa Grant and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. She has participated in residencies in the USA, UK, Slovakia, Ghana, and Tanzania. Her work can be seen at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Lowe Museum of Art and in various private collections worldwide.