31 Project, Paris

Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, Temitayo Ogunbiyi and M’barka Amor

The 31 Project gallery aims to create a connection between the graphic and textile aspects found in the work of the three artists Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, Temitayo Ogunbiyi and M’barka Amor.

At the heart of this exhibition, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien explores her triple identity and the symbolism of feminine power by deploying a multiplicity of elements and fragments on surfaces worked like maps tracing a geography of intimacy with two large pieces and by satellite different modules in plaster, fabrics, or metal.

Temitayo Ogunbiyi, in her strange drawings, uses hybrid forms whose academic line evokes the thread, the textile and the capillary. Mixing ethnological and botanical references, the artist tries to find a path in a fragile balance between her personal history and the movements of History in the broadest sense.

M’barka Amor showcases a series of photographs painted and sewn with white silk thread. These images are from the video performance “Now I’m white” questioning the place of the black body by drawing inspiration from the practice of “blackface” and minstrel shows, the racist performances of the 19th century.

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Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien

Vege-heart (2019)
Embroidery and ink on paper and silk, 23 x 17 cm
Courtesy the artist and 31 Project

Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien

MAP #16 and MAP #17 and Drawing #5 and Drawing #3 (2019)
Sewing, embroidery, jute fibre sculpture with hair, scraper, raffia fibre, aluminium, plaster, 56 × 73 cm
Courtesy the artist and 31 Project

Temitayo Ogunbiyi

You will find new direction from suprises (2020)
Pencil on herbarium paper, 29.2 x 41.9 cm
Courtesy the artist and 31 Project
© Studio Shapiro

Temitayo Ogunbiyi

You will run into life, living and weathering prickles?? (2020)
Enamel and resin ink on metal alloy, tin can, measuring glass, 50 x 12 x 11 cm
Courtesy the artist and 31 Project
© Studio Shapiro

M’barka Amor

Now I’m White / Prolongement (2020)
Silk thread weaving, digital printing on paper rag fine art, 20 x 15 cm
Courtesy the artist and 31 Project

M’barka Amor

Now I’m White / Prolongement (2020)
Silk thread weaving, digital printing on paper rag fine art, 20 x 15 cm
Courtesy the artist and 31 Project