In her work, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien seeks to juxtapose diverse cultural elements, bringing them together to form new, syncretic pieces with additional layers of meaning. Interested in the complex relationships between notions of a universal popular culture, everyday life, and traditional handmade construction processes, Manlanbien creates physical encounters between industrial and artisanal materials. She is interested in the intersectional positionalities of women and women of colour in particular and the relationship between notions of universal popular culture, everyday life, and traditional hand-made processes.
Manlanbien was awarded her MA in Fine Art at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Recent exhibitions include Soft Power, Transpalette, Bourges (2018); Le Centre, the Vallois Gallery, Paris and Manlanbien was part of the 28th International EVA Biennale in Limerick, Ireland (2018).