Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien

Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien

Installation view Existence Multiples with Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien and Odonchimeg Davaadorj, AKINCI, 2024, photo by Peter Tijhuis


Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien


Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien defines herself as a ‘storyteller with mediums’ as she works with textile, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation. In her works Manlanbien brings together different cultures while merging traditional handicraft with urban industrial processes. Within her installations she tends to create activated spaces fusing a variety of mediums, techniques and materials as a form of a continuous research to understand according to her words ‘creolization and cultural synthesis’. Elaborate textile works are becoming complex maps of plural identities and diverse ecosystems where different stories meet and form new ones. Ephemeral poetic narrations appear in Manlanbien’s delicate works, often with distinct references to intersectionality. Her works compose new topographies around the themes of femininity.


In her work, the artist seeks to juxtapose diverse cultural elements, bringing them together to form new, syncretic pieces with additional layers of meaning. She is interested in the complex relationships between notions of a universal popular culture, everyday life, and traditional handmade construction processes. The artist speaks of her intention to create ephemeral, poetic narrations which are in perpetual renewal, resulting in tangible pieces which both ‘witness’ and ‘trace’ past diverse cultural histories.

Marie-claire Messouma Manlanbien was born in 1990 in Paris, where she now also lives and works. She studied at École nationale supérieur d’art, Paris-Cergy between 2011 and 2016 after graduating as a graphic designer in 2010 and was an artist in residence at Cité des arts, Paris and Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. She has had solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2023); the French Institute, Berlin (2022); Orangerie du Senat, Paris (2021); Primo Marella Gallery, Milan (2019); 50GOLBORNE Gallery, London (2019). Currently her work is on show at La Biennale di Venezia at the Ivory Coast pavilion as well as the Sydney Biennale and in the group exhibition ‘In Brilliant Light’ at Wereldmuseum Leiden. Later this year she will participate in Manifesta 15 Barcelona Metropolitana. She has recently exhibited collectively at MAMAC, Nice (2023); Musée Cères Franco, Montolieu (2022); Royal Academy of Art, London (2021); Céline Fakhoury, Abidjan (2021); Somerset House, London (2020); Sargent’s Daughters Gallery, NYC (2020); MO.CA, Brescia (2019); 38th EVA International, Limerick (2018).


Ten Thousand Suns

24th Biennale of Sydney

9 March – 10 June, 2024

White Bay Power Station, Sydney, Australia

Future Generation Art Prize
Shortlisted and part of the group exhibition

August, 2024 (exhibition) & October, 2024 (award ceremony)

PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine