BAHM | 2.21.18 | Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt
Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt is the founder of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing underrepresented artists, primarily from the African continent and the Diaspora. The gallery has garnered international attention, when in 2017, it was awarded the inaugural Armory Show "Presents" prize and $10,000, for it's solo presentation of German-Ghanian artist Zohra Opoku, titled Unraveled Thread. The booth was inspired by the artist's personal history, as parts of her family were separated by the Berlin Wall. The presentation featured photography and textile work, even incorporating pieces of clothing belonging to family members.
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery currently represents 19 artists, including the Beninese-Belgian, Dakar-based photographer Fabrice Monteiro, whose striking portrait series, The Prophecy engages with the major issue of pollution in Senegal and beyond. The rest of the artist roster is equally cool, interesting, and international in scope, including American painter, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Zimbabwean-based photographer, Kudzanai Chiurai, multi-media artists Clotilde Jiménez, and British-Lebanese performer and painter, Lina Iris Viktor, among many others.