Myriam Mihindou Exhibition - "Ilimb, the Essence of Tears" Myriam Mihindou Exhibition - "Ilimb, the Essence of Tears"

Myriam Mihindou Exhibition - "Ilimb, the Essence of Tears" From February 6 to November 10, 2024, at the Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris.


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  • Access to the temporary exhibition "MYRIAM MIHINDOU - Ilimb, l'essence des pleurs" at the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.
  • Admission to the museum's permanent exhibition spaces, featuring an extensive collection of arts and cultures from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
  • Exploration of thematic galleries dedicated to anthropology, ethnology, and the history of arts, providing a comprehensive perspective on world cultures.

What to expect

Contemporary art, when intertwined with ancestral traditions, often provides unique and profound sensory experiences. This is precisely what the exhibition "Ilimb, the Essence of Tears" by the Franco-Gabonese artist Myriam Mihindou offers, presented at the Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière Gallery of the Quai Branly Museum - Jacques Chirac in Paris from February 6 to November 10, 2024.

Myriam Mihindou, known for her exploration of themes related to cultural identity and collective memory, presents an immersive and sonic installation that resonates with the museum's collection of musical instruments. Through ceramics, object assemblages, sculptures, forms, materials, and sounds, she provides an experience that engages the senses and emotions of visitors, inviting them to delve into the richness of Punu culture.

At the heart of this exhibition is a poignant tribute to the Punu mourners, an ancestral practice to which the artist herself belongs. These women, true guides of souls to the afterlife and the living in their grieving process, are highlighted through narratives, myths, and chants that accompany them. Myriam Mihindou explores the cathartic virtue of the tears and songs of these mourners, demonstrating their impact on both the social and individual levels.

The Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière Gallery provides an ideal setting for this exhibition celebrating African culture. With the support of the Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière Fund for the knowledge and enhancement of African and Oceanian civilizations, this exhibition allows the public to discover and understand the depth and richness of Punu traditions.

The exhibition's scenography, carefully crafted, guides visitors through a sensory and emotional journey. Various on-site visit tools, such as brochures and guidebooks, offer an enhanced experience suitable for all audiences, including those with specific accessibility needs.

The exhibition curators, Sarah Ligner and Nathalie Gonthier, worked closely with the artist to bring this captivating installation to life. Sarah Ligner, heritage curator at the Quai Branly Jacques Chirac Museum, and Nathalie Gonthier, exhibition curator, contribute their expertise to contextualize Myriam Mihindou's work and emphasize its depth and relevance.

"Ilimb, the Essence of Tears" is more than just an artistic exhibition. It is an invitation to explore the connections between tradition and contemporaneity, between heritage and creation. It is a vibrant testimony to how art can be a powerful vector for cultural transmission and mutual understanding. This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of Punu mourners and discover the beauty and strength of their heritage.


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