Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio

Group Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary
26 September 2020 - 03 January 2021
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Curated by Cédric Fauq with Olivia Aherne

In 1979, Grace Jones had her face moulded by her collaborator and then-partner Jean-Paul Goude to produce multiple ultra-realist masks. “Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio”, a cross between fan-fiction, study and biography, not only focuses on the iconic singer’s career and her collaborations with artists, designers, photographers and musicians, but goes on to question her black image-making and gender binarism as well as both performance art and the performance of her life and how Jones influenced the worlds of fashion and stage design as well as music. Other notables to be featured in the exhibition include Roland Barthes, ACT UP, Robert Mapplethorpe El Anatsui and designer Azzedine Alaïa.

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