For the second presentation at EXPO CHICAGO, Mariane Ibrahim features recent works by artist Clotilde Jiménez.
Jiménez combines everyday materials with imagery and painting that center the queer Black male body and explore the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality as seen through his lens – a lens being both a Black and Hispanic American male.
The materials Jiménez focuses on using in his collages form a kind of subtext and have the potential to connect the personal nature of the works with more general political conditions. His work poetically transcribes and reconstructs the societal idée fixe of the Black body in popular culture.
Although the experience behind Jiménez's work is subjective, there is a universal level of symbolism that ultimately explores the boundaries of what it means to just be.