FATEBE: EBECHO MUSLIMOVA
Muslimova will present a new series of paintings and drawings continuing around the motif of FATEBE, her sexually and bodily liberated alter-ego. FATEBE is shameless and free, exploring the world and its ridiculous situations with her body. The new works appear to center around the danse macabre, the middle age allegorical image of the fragility of life. FATEBE interacts with skeletons and churches, stripping and playing in compositions that continue to defy received societal ideas of taste and decorum.
The danse macabre sought to illustrate the unification of the human race through death: kings, popes, merchants, farmers and paupers were all destined to walk on the same path.
Muslimova chooses instead to organize the world and FATEBE through a search of pleasure and possibility. The inconceivable contortions and object interaction are always felt in the viewers’ mind. Far from a critique of worldly delights, Muslimova’s new works insists on the glory of bodily exploration and ecstasy.
Always grounded in the graphic and pictorial, Muslimova’s recent venture into the medium of painting has opened an incredible new playground for her character FATEBE, unlocking possibilities to portray her in extraordinary situations and configurations. Working through different techniques and methods, the artist is able to depict states, feelings and emotions in a humorous way, using her alter ego as an alibi, she is able to touch on subjects that can appear uncomfortable.
By titling the exhibition inversely, as if FATEBE will exhibit works picturing Muslimova, the artist continues to insist on the importance of self depiction and understanding in her work. Far from a mere character, FATEBE explores sexuality and gender and our sustained limited understanding of both in contemporary society. Through these works we find a way not just to understand Muslimova, but, perhaps, ourselves.
FEATURED ON CURA.30, READ MORE ABOUT EBECHO MUSLIMOVA HERE. TEXT BY Natasha Stagg
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich
Photos by Annik-Wetter