Simone Leigh: Trophallaxis

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Simone Leigh: Trophallaxis

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Now - Feb 12, 2023
Thursdays 11am-9pm, Friday-Sunday 11am-6pm

Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday through Feb 12, 2023

Included with museum admission.

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This event is taking place during Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage Months. Click here to learn more about this Miami Temptations Program.

View Simone Leigh’s arresting sculpture Trophallaxis (2008-2017) at PAMM through February 12, 2023. Named after the entomological term for the transference of liquid food between adult social insects such as bees and ants, Leigh’s chandelier-like Trophallaxis consists of an assemblage of slate-gray ceramic breast-like orbs with metal tips and zig-zagging car antennas. The sculpture suggests heightened fertility coupled with scars and marks on each vessel that bring to mind traditional African practices of body scarification. In juxtaposing these elements, Leigh alludes to the complex associations of the female body with fecundity, sexuality and the frequency with which it paradoxically serves as both a conduit for violence and a vehicle for empowerment.

The Brooklyn-based sculptor and 2018 winner of Guggenheim Museum’s prestigious Hugo Boss Prize creates large-scale sculptural works, installations and videos that address the social histories and subjective experiences of Black women. Her works draw on a myriad of sources that include ethnography, folklore, alternative healing traditions, and buried historical viewpoints.

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