Minia Biabiany is an artist and an independent researcher in education, living and working in her native city of Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
Her examination of Caribbean identity is marked by relationships to place and to stories, through delicate videos and installations that, by connecting objects, plants, reimagined symbolic representations and bodily movement, subtly delineate a poetics of form. She brings together a variety of heterogeneous materials (cotton, wood, shafts of metal, bamboo, banana leaves, cloth, salt, chalk, etc.) and consistently organises them with crystal-clear precision as any number of clues to an underlying narrative that remains concealed. For all that, this work – more hinted at than imposed – can be described as ‘loaded’ in the sense that it contains the memory of things in a similar way to the memory of water: bearing an indelible but transparent mark or remanence that pierces the surface of the objects.
pluie sur mer [rain on sea] is a new chapter in this physical and intimate exploration of overseas territory, this time seen by Minia Biabiany in the light of the transatlantic distance between France and Guadeloupe.
This exhibition echoes difé, a solo exhibition by Minia Biabiany at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) from 19 October 2022 to 8 January 2023.
Minia Biabiany was born in 1988 in Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe, France). She lives and works in Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe.website