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Fabiola Jean-Louis

2017 Artist In Residence

Fabiola Jean-Louis’ work is an inquiry into social change as it relates to race. Her work speaks to the shocking treatment of Black people throughout history, yet it is also filled with a vision of hope, resilience, and justice for the future. Jean-Louis celebrates Black and brown female bodies through haunting photographic essays and paper sculptures that are styled like the garments worn by female European nobility between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.

At MAD, Jean-Louis created all-white, two-dimensional paper sculptures as a  continuation of her “Rewriting History” series. In this work, Jean-Louis is interested in exploring the feelings associated with seeing a previously worn, vintage garment and the connections these garments make with respect to human life, specifically Black lives.

Jean-Louis attended Nova Southeastern University. 

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