Several questions for Mariane Ibrahim

Introduce yourself

I am Mariane Ibrahim Lenhardt, Founder and Director of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, with previous headquarters in Seattle, now based in Chicago. The gallery was founded in 2012 in Pioneer Square, Seattle, where we launched an eclectic selection of renowned and emerging African artists. Our vision was and still is to juxtapose emerging artists with established contemporary artists. Our commitment to showing new artists is reinforced by our curatorial program, furthering the development of rising artists such as Clotilde Jimenez and ruby jonyinyechi amanze. Over the past seven years we have worked to establish relationships with major institutions in the United States and Europe, and are eager to continue developing opportunities for our represented artists that extend beyond what we are able to exhibit at international fairs and on the walls of the gallery. For our first edition of FIAC, we will present Clotilde Jimenez and Amoako Boafo, two artists of African descent.

Why did you decide to open a gallery in Chicago?

All roads have lead us to Chicago.. The city represents the quintessential kind of artistic, cultural and architectural backdrop we are eager to contribute to, as its diverse artistic community is a rarity in the United States. We are very much excited to implant the gallery in Chicago and to contribute to the vibrant artistic community present throughout the citys cultural landscape. Our program will continue to support international emerging artists, inviting an embrace of societal factors present in all metropolitan cities. We reflect on the role of the artist, serving as a catalyst for their commentary on social, economic and racial disparities. Through the dynamism of its social and economic sphere, Chicago emulates an authentic American experience.

How would you describe the relationship between your gallery and the artists you represent?

We are a team; we act as one. We fully support one another, with an aligned vision. We provide real proximity to our artists, even when they all live all over the world and are constantly traveling to further develop their practice. The adjective that best defines our existing gallery to artist relationships is collaborative.

Continue the sentence “FIAC is…”

new, as the gallery is exhibiting for the first time in 2019. We are delighted to join FIAC’s outstanding roster and to exhibit with such a renowned fair with a rich history. FIAC’s new dedication to emerging galleries is great and we look forward to experiencing first hand how the fair contributes to the Parisian capital’s creative sphere.

What are your favorite places in Paris?

I am French and lived in Paris for a decade, it is home to me. My favourite places in Paris are the places I used to meet my friends. I am fond of squares, Place des Vosges, Place de Concorde or Place du Marché Saint Catherine. Like with any metropolis, things move and change, so I try the new restaurants a la mode, but in the end I always go back to my same favourite places.

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