Pélagie Gbaguidi, 'Icon in Progress V', 2016, Oil on canvas, 260 x 155 cm, Courtesy of Sulger-Buel Lovell
Pélagie Gbaguidi, 'Icon in Progress V', 2016, Oil on canvas, 260 x 155 cm, Courtesy of Sulger-Buel Lovell  

Pélagie Gbaguidi’s paintings and drawings manipulate the misuse of history, the deconstruction of stereotypes, and explore myths as open spaces within the new landscapes of a global world. Works from her latest solo project ‘El Mundo Sans le Corps’, are exhibited at 1:54 for the first time. This project questions the powerful notion of how virtual nature of our lives consumes the sacred. It provokes questions of what happens to the physical body as carrier of memories, and propels the artist to become the teller of stories.

Gbaguidi graduated from l’École des Beaux Arts, Belgium in 1995. Her recent exhibitions include Asylstadt Museum at the Stadt Museum in Munich, Germany (2013, 2014); The Divine Comedy curated by Simon Njami at the MMK in Frankfurt, Germany (2014); and the National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., USA (2015); and El Iris de Lucy at MUSAC, Spain (2016).