See the Gorgeous Photos and Costumes of Fabiola Jean-Louis, Reimagining European History Through the Lens of ‘Black Freedom’

Show of the Day: "Re-writing History" at Alan Avery Art Gallery, Atlanta.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Conquistador.Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.
Fabiola Jean-Louis, Conquistador.Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

FABIOLA JEAN-LOUIS

“Re-writing History”
Alan Avery Art Gallery, Atlanta

What the Gallery Says: “In this haunting photographic essay, Jean-Louis has created paper sculptures styled to mimic garments worn by female European nobility between the 15th–19th centuries. The series speaks to the shocking treatment of Blacks throughout history and the trauma inflicted on their bodies as juxtaposed with the abstract idea of Black freedom. Simultaneously, it engages with a vision of the future—one of hope, strength, resilience, and beauty.”

Why It’s Worth a Look: Haiti-born and Brooklyn-based, Jean-Louis has created a body of work lovely in both form and conception—stylish, righteous, and multi-layered.

What It Looks Like:

Installation view of "Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History." Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Installation view of “Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History.” Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Conquistador II. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Conquistador II (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Whisper of a Revolution</em>. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Whisper of a Revolution (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Violin of the Dead</em>. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Violin of the Dead (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>The Color Purple</em>. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, The Color Purple (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Passing</em>. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Passing (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Marie Antoinette Is Dead</em>. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Marie Antoinette Is Dead (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Madame Leroy</em>. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Madame Leroy (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Madame Beauvoir's Painting</em>. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Madame Beauvoir’s Painting (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Garden II</em>. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Garden II (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Garden II </em>[detail]. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Garden II [detail] (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Revolutionary Dress Top</em> [detail]. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Revolutionary Dress Top [detail] (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, <em>Rest in Peace </em>[detail]. Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, Rest in Peace [detail] (2017). Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Installation view of "Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History." Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Installation view of “Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History.” Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Installation view of "Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History." Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Installation view of “Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History.” Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Installation view of "Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History." Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Installation view of “Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History.” Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Visitors to "Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History." Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

Visitors to “Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History.” Image courtesy Alan Avery Art Gallery.

“Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-writing History” is on view through January 20, 2018.

Alan Avery Art Gallery is located at 656 Miami Circle Northeast, Atlanta.


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