Opening in the presence of the Artist: Thursday, 25 January from 6pm to 8pm
Guided Visit by the Artist: Friday, 26 January at 5pm
Viewing of the documentary "Queer in Africa" by Cristina Karrer, video journalist and co-founder of Gallery Brulhart: Saturday, 27 January at 5pm
In this exhibition of all new works, Willys Kezi Niangi shares her personal perceptions of sex work by trans* people in Paris's Bois de Boulogne, which are mostly from outside France and often racialised. "The decision to focus on this community, which is increasingly present in the media and which today, more than in the past, proudly asserts its identity, was a fortuitous one. I became increasingly interested in learning about the lives of these misunderstood and frequently stigmatised individuals," explains Kezi.
Kezi's keen social criticism is immediately recognisable in her women's silhouettes and scenes of everyday life, set in Kinshasa, her birthplace, or in Paris, where she now works. For several years she has been exploring artistic expressions of seduction and their intersection with neo-colonialism, racism and sexual violence.
Crude at first glance, Kezi's paintings are a tender and humorous introduction to a world that highlights femininity in all its many forms, and shows women as powerful and complex beings who deserve to be celebrated in art.
The vernissage took place on Thursday 25 January from 6pm to 9pm, in the presence of artist Willys Kezi Niangi, and we'd like to say a big thank you to all our guests who came along to celebrate with us.
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