WACHTMEISTER AWARD WINNER 2021
M. Florine Démosthène has won the this years’ Wachtmeister Award presented biannually by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). The prize acknowledges “the vital role of the arts in our world, the importance of artists who exemplify excellence in their field, and the necessity of time and space for the creative phase of all artistic work.”
As the 2021 Wachtmeister Award winner, Démosthène will receive a $1,000 honorarium and a month-long residency at Mt. San Angelo, home to VCCA’s artist residency program in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
In residence at VCCA, Démosthène will have uninterrupted time and space to focus on her creative work. One project she hopes to pursue is an immersive installation that will incorporate elements of her drawings and paintings. “For this series, I will take on the persona of a warrior heroine whose special powers reside in her ability to harness the cataclysmic energy of her derrière,” writes Démosthène. “The goal of this project is to investigate cultural appropriation through the unveiling of transformative feminine power.”
July 10, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Small Axe Project
The Visual Life of Social Affliction
*TENT is open
I will be presenting works with Mariane Ibrahim Gallery at the NYC Armory this year. Do check out!
MEXICO CITY ART FAIR
Do check out my work at Zsona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo from February 5, 2020- February 9, 2020. I will be showing with Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Booth B118.
Between Possibility and Actuality
Between Possibility and Actuality
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Opening Saturday, November 2, 2019
4pm - 7pm
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
437 N Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60622
Mariane Ibrahim is pleased to announce Florine Démosthène’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, Between Possibility and Actuality. On view from November 2 - December 21, 2019, the show celebrates the second presentation at the gallery’s Chicago space. Démosthène lures you into a phantasmagoric sphere with her sparkly surfaces and her amphibious marble-like figures adorned with aquatic accents.
Démosthène’s art is comprehensively performative, emphasizing flesh and form among an evanescent backdrop. The use of mylar, inherent to her former architectural training, enhance the lack of permanence in the background suggesting the figures are floating and translucent. Between reverie and reality, dream and nightmare, possibility and actuality, Démosthène plunges the viewer into her intertwined almost science-fiction dimension.
We are very thrilled to share our upcoming solo booth dedicated to Haitian-American female artist, Florine Démosthène. This is our fourth participation The Armory Show and we continue to dedicate our platform to exceptional female artists. Using non-traditional materials like glitter and mylar, her work evoke a strong animated struggle, a fight over existing power. The superpositions of her alter-egos, reflect the resilience of the pre-fabricated codes of aesthetics dictated by a set of behaviors. One cannot escape the commodification and fetishization of the black body. The artist is exposing a new physical paradigm, using gender and social attributes to escape determinism. She states “I feel my work is more about femininity and sensuality and what it means to be a woman, within the body you reside (which is heavily coded with race, size, skin color, etc.)”. Her subjects excavate new diasporic mythologies and ancient heroine figures while reconstructing Black female heroine personas.
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
NYC Armory Show
Thursday, March 7th: 12pm-8pm
Friday, March 8th: 12pm-8pm
Saturday, March 9th: 12pm-7pm
Sunday, March 10th: 12pm-6pm
CAPE TOWN ART FAIR
I will be exhibiting limited edition prints with Offset Culture at the Cape Town Art Fair. The fair will be hosted at the CT Convention Center and will run from February 15th-February 17th. Offset Culture will be in booth E7.
AMERICAN AFRICAN AMERICAN
"Where Is the Love You Promised Me, Where Is It" will be part of the show "American African American" at Phillips Gallery in New York. The show is curated by Arnold Lehman and opens tomorrow through February 8th. Go here for more information.
UNTITLED ART FAIR MIAMI 2018
I will be showing a few works with Mariane Ibrahim Gallery at the Untitled Art Fair in Miami. The fair opens on December 5th through December 9th.
JOBURG ART FAIR
My works will be featured with Gallery 1957 at the Joburg Art Fair next week. The fair will run from September 6th-September 9th.
KEYES ART MILE, JOHANNESBURG
In celebration of women's month South Africa, I will have seven works up in a group exhibition, at Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The exhibition will be up through August 30th.
For more information, click on Keyes Art Mile
GATES OF HORN & IVORY
Gates of Horn & Ivory
Opening August 10th
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
The show will run through September 23, 2018.
For more information click on KJ Gallery
THE STORIES I TELL MYSELF
Musée de l'Homme
A few of my works will be part of a group exhibition, Figures de Femmes Totem d'Outre-mer, at Musée de l'Homme in Paris. The exhibition is curated by Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque and will be up through March 19th.
TULSA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP
I have been awarded a 2018 Tulsa Artist Fellowship. For more info, click on Tulsa
Group Exhibition in LA area: Diasporagasm
October 5 – November 18, 2017
South Bay Contemporary Gallery in conjunction with Michael Stearns Studio 347 presents a co-located multi-media exhibition Diasporagasm. Diasporagasm is curated by Beyoncenista – artist April Bey’s alter ego – and acts as a performance bringing together melanated artists working in Los Angeles, Haiti, Ghana, the Caribbean and West Africa.
Drawing from the groundbreaking film Moonlight—a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, the curator appropriates, amends and recontextualizes the juxtaposition of art race and gender.
The works in this exhibition will be from 15 artists who identify as black, but the work itself will not be “black art”. Rather conversations about what it means through individualism to be black, geographic differentiations in culture.
For more information go to: Diasporagasm
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London
I will have a few work with at the fair with Gallery MOMO, South Africa
September 28-November 28, 2017
Semaphore Galerie d'art Contemporain Africain
Rue de la Cassarde 18
(In)visibilité Ostentatoire, Fondation Clément, Martinique
I will be exhibiting with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (UK) at the Volta Art Fair from June 12, 2017- June 17, 2017. For more information please go to Volta
My works will be part of an exhibition in Guadeloupe. Here's the info:
Mémorial ACTe Centre Caribéen d’Expressions et de Mémoire de la Traite et de l’Esclavage
Opening November 18, 2016
Exhibition Dates November 19, 2016- April 30, 2017
For more information go to Mémorial ACTe Centre
EXPO CHICAGO SEPTEMBER 22ND-SEPTEMBER 25TH
Go to EXPO CHICAGO
TART COLLECTIVE : A BAD QUESTION
This online exhibition is part of A Bad Question: An Exhibition and Forum on Race and Feminism. The criteria for works was "self-selection". The artists may not necessarily categorize their work as "feminist artwork", and surely have differing opinions about feminism. The goal is to provide support for women artists. This action of support is part of tART's feminism.
Artists: Florine Demosthene, Simone Meltesen, Filomena Borecká, Kimberly Becoat, Juanita Lanzo, Margaret Rose Vendryes, Gretchen Adreon, Susan Natacha González, Rachel MacFarlane, Katherine Toukhy, Mary Valverde, Mary Jo Karimnia
Go to Tart Collective
PANEL DISCUSSION IN CAPE TOWN
EXHIBITION AT GALLERY MOMO CAPETOWN
Exhibition in London at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
DEFINING THE NARRATIVE
RUSH 20TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
Get Azzmatized! Solo Exhibition in Martinique. Yay!
August 28th - Ocotober 4th
Domaine de L'Acajou
97240 LE FRANCOIS
For more information go to Get Azzmatized
THE CAPTURE-GALLERY MOMO, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Solo Exhibition at Gallery MOMO
August 6th - September 4th
52 7th Avenue
For more info go to:Gallery MOMO
Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects & Contexts
May 21st-June 30th
UNISA Art Gallery
University of South Africa, Pretoria
For more information, go to: UNISA Gallery
WOMEN ON PAPER-PRAGUE
CAPE TOWN ART FAIR
I will have works at the art fair…courtesy of Gallery MOMO. For more information go to: Cape Town Art Fair
I am represented in South Africa by Gallery MOMO. Yay!
ART MOVES AFRICA GRANT RECIPIENT
I have been awarded with a grant for an upcoming project in South Africa.
WOMEN ON PAPER
I am part of this group show in Bratislava, Slovakia. Here's the info:
December 10, 2014 - February 27, 2015
Women on Paper
I will be part of “Transformative Visions: Works by Haitian Artists from the Permanent Collection” at Lowe Museum of Art in Florida. The exhibition will run from November 8th- January 11th.
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
1301 Standford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33124
Fore more information, go to:Lowe Art Museum
RETROSPECTIVE PART 2
I will have a couple of digital pieces at this exhibition in Peekskill, NY. Here’s the info:
October 21-November 22nd
Retrospective Part 2
Center for Digital Arts, Westchester Gallery
27 North Division Street
For more information go to:Westchester Gallery
THE SUBJECT IS BLACK
Art exhibition and salon aims to intervene into the global conversation about the "Black" body, a body that is perpetually in flux via restraint, attack, denial et al. Here these eight artists use the body as the predominant theme, gendered and sexualized in all its strength and glory, questioning a 21st century predicament and narrative.
The Subject is Black
Leslie Lohman Museum
127-B Prince Street (between Wooster and WBway)
Opening, Friday October 24th, 6pm-8pm
Exhibition runs through Sunday October 26th (hours are 12pm-6pm)
SILK & STEEL EXHIBITION
I will be part of a group exhibition at Galerie Noko in South Africa. Here's the info:
Opening August 28th, 6pm
109-111 Russell Road
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Kampala Art Biennale
I will be representing Haiti and Ghana, under the theme of " Progressive Africa" at the Kampala Biennale in August. For more information, go to:
I will be part of this exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information go to New Shelter Plan
I will have work as part of this group exhibition, Beaver:An exhibition female sexual self-expression, pornography, and gender performance
The show will be up from April 17th-24th. Here's the info:
Eugene Lang College
Theresa Lang Center
65 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10011
TRIBUTE TO Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
I have a few watercolors as part of this group exhibition in Guadeloupe. You can check out the show " Frédéric Bruly Bouabré" at:
T & T Art Contemporain
43 Immeuble Socogar
1 rue Ferdinand Forest (entrée face Air Caraïbes)
97122 Jarry Baie Mahault, Guadeloupe
You can go to this link T&T Art
I'm featured in this Caribbean magazine...along with another Haitian artist (and friend) Manuel Mathieu. Check it out at Moko
MARTINIQUE BIENNALE NOV 22-JAN 15
We are delighted to invite you to participate in the 1st edition of the International Contemporary Arts Biennale in Martinique (also known as BIAC MARTINIQUE). The exhibition will be held in Morne-Rouge (Martinique) from November 22nd, 2013 to January 15th 2014. The exhibition takes writer Aimé Césaire legacy of Negritude as inspiration for examining way cultural identity is reconceived within post-colonial paradigm. This exhibition will showcase thirty artists from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and North America.
Organized by Tumelo Mosaka (Curator of Contemporary Art at the Krannert Art Museum), University of Illinois, this exhibition focuses on the various ways artists from around the world respond to issues about identity particularly those defined by race and ethnicity. This question of identity has pervaded nearly every aspect of contemporary life raising issues too complex to be easily resolved. More specifically, the exhibition challenges some of the basic assumptions that are deeply ingrained in our social fabric about personal and public identities. These identities on the one hand are discovered and claimed, and on the other, are fluid and changing. They are specific to place and time, yet also evolving and transforming.
For more info go to BIAC
SIGNS OF LIFE
I will be part of this group exhibition at RUSH Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. The show will run from November 17th-January 12th (artist talk on the 12th). For more info go to Corridor Gallery
WOMEN LOOK AT WOMEN
I will be part of this group exhibition at the Staten Island LGBT Center.
The show is curated by Robert Bunkin, Curator at Staten Island Museum.
"Wonder Twins" is featured in RiverLit. Check it out RiverLit
CARIBBEAN CREAM-SEPTEMBER 29TH
I will be part of an awesome group exhibition at BrutEdge Gallery in Jersey City. The opening is on Sunday, September 29th from 1pm-6pm. For more information go to BrutEdge Gallery
DIALOGIST VOL 1 ISSUE 3
An on-line magazine web feature check out
My work was included as part of the Art Marathon Festival via Eastern Edge Gallery in Newfoundland.
Check it out at Art Marathon Festival
The Feminist Wire
I will be featured on the Feminist Wire this week with a subsequent interview (some time in May). Check it out The Feminist Wire
FEATURE IN JOURNAL
Check it out So to Speak Journal
FEATURE IN JOURNAL
Check it out |http://sotospeakjournal.org/2012/09/20th-anniversary-fall-issue-is-here/|So to Speak Journal
ALL THINGS ARE EXHIBITION
All Things Are
Gallery at Porter Mill
Wednesday August 1 - Friday August 24
Opening Reception Saturday August 4
Curated by Brad Silk and Catie-rae Zappala of One Animal
Gallery at Porter Mill
FEATURE IN CULTURAL HALL
"Florine Demosthene is a Haitian-born artist currently based in New York City whose work explores stereotypes and representation of the black female body. Her provocative series of mixed media drawings, The Capture, portrays a voluptuous black heroine in surreal vignettes that appear like sexually charged dreams. This mythic figure is mostly naked in each scene with powerful thighs, sagging breasts, and protruding stomach — the very antithesis of the ideal female form in Western culture. Demosthene boldly reveals her subject's inner world and erotic experiences amidst a landscape of decay and destruction. In interviews with the artist, she discusses how observing women on a trip to Africa, as well as reading Gulliver's Travels, inspired the creation of more than forty-five of these pieces. Through vibrant washes, emotive streaks of charcoal, and nuanced narratives, The Capture weaves its own epic tale of degradation, empowerment, and self-discovery."
Check out it at Culturehall
Just got a rep in Haiti. Yay! Check it out at Bourbon-Lally
FEATURE IN UPRISING CARIBBEAN & CONTEMPORARAY ART
Check out the web article on my art process...Uprising
I've been awarded a residency at the Lower East Side Printshop. Check it out at Keyholder
Check out this recent interview via ARC Magazine
SHOW IN GRENADA
Home & Away Exhibition
4Hr Nap, Caribbean Art Project Collaboration & Women Make Art
March 31 - April 14, 2012
The Gallery, St. Georges, Grenada
Berlin Biennale For Contemporary Art-via Artwiki, 2012
JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION AWARD RECIPIENT
Yay! Check it out Joan Mitchell
JAMAICA ARTS CENTER STUDIO LLC EXHIBITION-OPENING DECEMBER 14, 2011
I will have some pieces as part of the JCAL Studio LLC exhibition. The show will be up through March 10, 2012. Here's the info:
Jamaica Center for the Arts
161-04 Jamaica Avenue
You can go to this link for the gallery hours and travel directions: JCAL
HOTEL 718 BROOKLYN
Hotel 718, a new boutique hotel in Brooklyn, has purchased one of my pieces. You can go to Hotel 718 to check it out.
CAMERA CLUB OF NEW YORK-IDENTITY BLUEPRINT
IDENTITY BLUEPRINT WITH GALLERY AFERRO
GROUP EXHIBITION AT DELL PRYOR GALLERY
I shall have several works as part of a group exhibition at Dell Pryor Gallery in Detroit, Michigan. The exhibition will open on Friday, September 30th and will run through the end of October. If you are in the Detroit area, do stop by and check it out. For more information, go to Dell Pryor Gallery
EROTIC ART WEEK PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD
I will have 2 pieces as part of this arts festival. For more information, go to Erotic Art Week
GOV ISLAND ART FAIR
Come and check out my work during the month of September on Gov Island. There is a free ferry from Brooklyn (at the end of Atlantic Avenue) and a free ferry from Manhattan (at South Ferry next to the SI Ferry). The island is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
THE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN DESIGN DIASPORA
I shall be participating in this festival which will be in London from September 9th - 25th 2011. For more info go to: AACDD
HARD CANDY Sculpture Exhibition
I will exhibit a new sculpture piece, Hard Candy, at the Playtime Trade Show this Saturday. This new work is a commissioned piece by the organizers of this international trade show. I must give a big 'shout out' to Jasmine for recommending me for this project.
There will be a cocktail reception this Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 6pm and the exhibit will be up for just 2 days.
Playtime Trade Show
82 Mercer Street between Spring & Broome Streets
FEATURE IN ARC MAGAZINE
My work has been featured in ARC magazine premiere issue! You can go to arcmagazine to check it out.