23/06/2023 - 15/10/2023

Contemporary - Painting & Drawing

Pélagie Gbaguidi - De-Fossilization of the Look

Wed-Sat: 12-6pm

For her first solo show at a UK institution, the Brussels-based Beninese artist Pélagie Gbaguidi (b. 1965) presents De-Fossilization of the Look curated by Daria Khan. Gbaguidi’s practice spreads across painting, drawing, performance and social practice.

For her first solo show at a UK institution, the artist presents works from the series De-fossilization of the Look (2018) created in dialogue with Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto (after 1457). This early Renaissance depiction of the Madonna features unorthodox iconography: the pregnant Madonna’s dress is undone, exposing an undergarment; her face and posture convey fatigue.

Gbaguidi scrutinises this imagery via a series of automatic drawings and paintings, pondering on the depiction of sacralised motherhood and woman’s place and agency in the patriarchal society.


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