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Florine Demosthène | Haiti

Born in New York, USA,
Lives and works between New York, USA and Accra, Ghana
Painting, sculpture

I’ve been intrigued by the black female body in contemporary visual culture and I’m piqued by how her physical size is suppose to dictate a certain set of ideals and behavior. Borrowing from Jonathan Swifts, Gulliver’s Travels, I chronicled my journey through the Caribbean and West Africa in a series of drawings entitled, The Capture. These mix media pieces, textual mélanges of ink, oil, graphite and charcoal, depict voluptuous female figures amid a strange world of decay and destruction.

The Capture is the initial phase to constructing a non-typical black female heroine persona. By delving into the subconscious mind of a fictitious black heroine and the ephemeral quality of her thoughts and experiences, The Capture is an attempt to structure a new mythology that explores black female sexuality and sensuality.

Florine Demosthène was raised in Haiti. She holds a BFA from the Parsons the New School of Design of New York, USA (1998) and a MFA from the Hunter College in New York, USA (2002).

En 2011, she is recipient of a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and in 2012 she is artist-in-residency, engraving section, at Keyholder in the Lower East Side in New York, USA.


Florine Demosthène exhibits in : Caribbean Cream: What you do is what you see at the BrutEdge Gallery in Jersey City, USA (2013) ; All Things Are at the Studios Porter Mill in Beverly, USA (2012) ; Home & Away organized by Women Make Art & the Caribbean Art Project Collaboration in St Georges, Grenade (2012) ; Florine Demosthene at the Len G. Everett Gallery of Monmouth College in Monmouth, USA (2012) ; Art Auction To Benefit The Sonando En Color Project at the Rush Arts Gallery in New York, USA (2012) ; 2011 Studio LLC Catalogue Launch (2012) and 2011 Studio LLC Exhibition (2011) at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Jamaica, USA ; Identity Blueprint at the Camera Club in New York, USA and at the Galerie Aferro , USA (2011) ; New Collection of Works at the Dell Pryor Gallery in Detroit, USA (2011) ; exhibits a sculpture at the Playtime Trade Show in New York, USA (2011) ; Einstein on Witherspoon Street: Expressions for Social Justice at the Bronfman Center Gallery in New York, USA (2009) and Paradise 2006 at the Calabar Imports in New York, USA (2006).


Florine Demosthène participated into the Erotic Art Week of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (2011) and in the project Artwiki for the 7th Biennial of Berlin, Germany (2012).

Interview Exclusive de Florine Demosthène (déc. 2013)

Florine Demosthène a répondu aux questions d’Uprising Art à l’occasion de notre reportage exclusif sur la première édition de la BIAC, Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain de Martinique, qui se tient du 22 novembre 2013 au 15 janvier 2014 et dont le thème est “De la Résonance du Cri Littéraire dans les Arts Visuels“. A ce titre, Uprising effectue un reportage à la Martinique du 19 au 26 novembre et conduit une série d’interviews de l’équipe organisatrice, des commissaires invités, des artistes en résidence et des artistes exposant dans les Pavillons International et de la Martinique.

En novembre 2013, Florine Demosthène explique pourquoi et comment la représentation du corps noir féminin reste l’axe structurant de son travail. Lire plus

Exclusive Interview with Florine Demosthène (2012)

Florine Demosthène answered to Uprising Art’s question. The artist shared about her artistic need of “deconstructing, interrogating and playing with the stereotypes around the black female body and its experience (the black female [body] experience).

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Artworks by the artist

Florine Demosthene | Wonder Twins

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Florine Demosthene | Remembering

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Florine Demosthene | Guardian

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