Gavlak Gallery - Palm Beach
By Raisa Clavijo
The universe that Simone Leigh explores in her oeuvre encompasses a vast iconography associated with existing stereotypes related to race and ethnography. Leigh delves into post-colonial symbols that have influenced the form of representing, valuing and perceiving human beings.
During an internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., at the end of the 1980s, Leigh had access to the vision that 19th-century texts offered on African art, or non-Western cultures in general, and she found them full of stereotypes and preconceived judgments that belittled the potential of these cultures. This was the leitmotif for a deeper exploration of how society uses labels to define and value human beings.
Leigh has worked with various media, including ceramics, sculpture, installations and videos. This exposition assembles some of her ceramics and found-object sculptures, many of which not only bring up a discourse alluding to race and ethnicity, but also address more extensive themes like femininity, sexuality and the ritual connotation that certain forms and objects have in society. Through February 9th, 2013.
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