Innocente is the second solo show of the Franco-Algerian artist Dalila Dalléas Bouzar in Abidjan. Through painting and performance, the artist blends the intimate and the social by grounding the criticism of the current status of women in a process between the empty and full spaces that form the basis of her plural identity. Dalila Dalléas Bouzar focuses on women’s power as a transmission, an object of contestation and today as a claim.
In her works, Dalila Dalléas Bouzar shares a reflection on the place of women in society, choosing to make their bodies the central element of her paintings. Through her work, the artist creates a process of displacement and thus of liberation for the bodies, from their position as vehicles of patriarchy and the dominations that accompany it, boght physically and symbolically.
The artist here continues her work of appropriating the codes of Western painting, as the basis of her work, by shaking up the regimes of representation of the female body, through a series of paintings entitled Sorcières and the embroidered tapestry Adama, the main piece in the exhibition, created during a residency in Algeria. Through these works, Dalila Dalléas Bouzar invokes ancestral collective memories in order to infuse our imaginations with images of women transfigured by their own strength.