Painting a multifaceted portrait of the complicated, juxtaposing image-making of iconic musician, Grace Jones, focusing on themes of race, gender and performance that are interwoven with her eclectic identity.
This display offers an innovative exploration of the iconic musician, Grace Jones, departing from her career and collaborations with artists to focus on her multifaceted image.
The exhibition is built around the remark that Grace Jones “is not one but multiple”: from disco queen to dub cyborg; Jamaican to French; runway model to nightclub performer; feminine to masculine, the artist embodies seemingly opposite poles at once. This multiplicity is also shown through a series of ultra-realist masks, moulded from Jones’ face, that were created by her collaborator and then-partner Jean-Paul Goude, intended to be worn by fellow musicians, performers and models, but also for herself.
Grace Jones both exemplifies and complicates theories of gender, sexuality, performance, race and cybernetics, and this exhibition seeks to place her image-making in a historical context, exploring its contemporary relevance.