6 March — 6 May 2018

Florine Demosthene

The Stories I Tell Myself


Florine Demosthene, The Stories I Tell Myself, installation view, 2018. Courtesy Gallery 1957, Accra. Photo Nii Odzenma


The Stories I Tell Myself sees Demosthene transform the uniformed gallery space into a personalised setting. Maroon coloured walls, resembling a boudoir, make the public space private, creating both a sense of intimacy and intrusion. Small scale works with highly decorated, ornate frames invite the viewer to interact more closely with the work. Using a combination of figurative and abstract mark making, Demosthene constructs alternative landscapes to present the heroines of her practice. The artist explains:

“For me, my art has been a peeling away of layers of preconceived ideas; much in the way a snake sheds its skin, this slow shedding process can be viewed as a continual rebirth of our identity.”

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