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Installation view of Minia Biabiany's "j'ai tué le papillon dans mon oreille," photo by Camille Olivieri, courtesy of the artist.
Installation view of Minia Biabiany's "the length of my gaze at night," photo by Maksym Bilousov, courtesy of the artist.
Minia Biabiany, "blue spelling, a change of perspective is a change of temporality," 2017, color HD video; courtesy of the artist.
Paris, 16th arrondissement

Minia Biabiany: Difé

October 19, 2022 - January 8, 2022

Palais de Tokyo presents a solo exhibition of artist Minia Biabiany, “Difé.” Curated by Yoann Gourmel, the artist uses natural, processed, and manufactured materials to interrogate relationships in a Caribbean and Guadeloupean context. Titled after the Creole word for “fire,” the presentation explores tense colonial histories and the challenges of assimilation with great sensitivity, promoting dialogue and fierce self-expression. Banana trees are delicately formed from burnt wood, while ceramic pathways create a moving alphabet. The trees tell of the dark exploitation of the people of Guadeloupe, expressing a narrative of trauma and complex personal relationships. Biabiany’s solo show extends into the group exhibition “Scheherazade, at night” in which her installation “nuit” is composed of traditional woven creel, a system of traps, and speaks of the water, a moving cemetery. Accompanying and elaborate sculpture-work evokes a history of violence, slave trade, and disappearing architecture, playing out in a hauntingly poetic and political symphony.

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Palais de Tokyo, President Wilson Avenue, Paris, France
Oct 19 - Jan 8
Palais de Tokyo
Minia Biabiany: Difé

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