The exhibition is a selection of works from leading contemporary artists, which rotates over the duration of the group show. It explores identity politics, desire, and reflection in the contemporary world, through portraits and figurative works presented across media, genres, and cultures.
The selection of Marilyn Minter’s large-scale works that explore the ‘pathology of glamour’ focuses on the female body and its portrayal in art history and popular media. They allow the viewer to consume these images that represent the clichés of fashion photography and soft pornography, provocatively subverting the male gaze and redefining the nature of feminist art. In addition, four recent paintings by Afro-French artist, Alexis Ralaivao (half Madagascan and half French) primarily explore ethnicity, beauty, and intimacy. The self-taught artist documents details from his immediate surroundings and infuses them with delicate sensuality, capturing fragments of romantic memories. His unique painterly technique adds a velvety veneer to these candid images. Subtle, elegant, and refined, Ralaivao’s canvases immerse viewers in a sophisticated, distinctly French ambience.