Myriam Mihindou
Born in 1964 in Libreville, Gabon. Lives and works in Paris, France.
Since 1993, Myriam Mihindou has been producing works that correspond to what she calls, ‘the therapeutic dimension of reason’. Her works seek to channel, through the lens of transformative experience, the healing processes and rituals that accompany a transition from one state to another. Mihindou is also engaged in potentialities of transformation in a spiritual sense, such as voodoo practices, shamanism, and Western hypnosis. A notable series of her entitled Déchoucaj (2004), translating in Haitian Creole as ‘torn by root’, is a response to the political turmoil that shook Haiti and its citizens around this time. Mihindou captured individuals in trance-like states, while they participated in collective catharsis ceremonies held in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Her work has been exhibited in various group shows including Les Maîtres du désordre at Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, in 2012; and most recently, the itinerant exhibition The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, curated by Simon Njami, currently on show at the National Museum of African Art — Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., USA through November.  
Myriam Mihindou, 'Pythie', 2015, Cotton, hemp, pigments and etymologies, Variable dimensions, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Maia Muller

Artists 2015