GHISLAINE SABITI IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY VISUAL ARTIST AND COSTUME DESIGNER. SHE IS ORIGINALLY FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, THEN NAMED ZAIRE, BUT WAS RAISED IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF PARIS IN FRANCE. SHE NOW IS BASED IN NEW YORK CITY, NY.
Ghislaine was introduced to art at a very young age. At twelve years old she studied fine art at Atelier Chantier du Coq and graduated with honors in fashion design from Atelier Chardon Savard in Paris, France. Congolese art is part of her roots and it is the catalyst to the collection of her work. She has been influenced by artists of the 19th century and also by Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Cezanne, Tamara Lempicka, Manet and Verneer.
She highlights the technical form used in both Congolese and European arts, which stress form and color. She works large scale, uses different textile techniques and produces relevant research regarding current social and cultural topics and embeds them in her art. This can make significant commentary which stirs vibrant public debate.
Her experiences of inter and cross-continental migration developed her sensibility of cross-interculturalism and to a plurality of language. She weaves these interests in her sewing and painting with the assistance of her two favorite tools the knife and energetic bold brushstrokes.
The body of art that she is working on is a series of portraits. The Invisible Molili, meaning an invisible obscurity or darkness in the Lingala Congolese language. The intention of this work is to build a bridge between communities by means of collecting fractured narratives from the people and to prompt social change and examine identity. This new body of work explores the stories of those often forgotten or misunderstood.
See more of her work at Small Space Fest: June 20th, 2016!
Ghislaine Sabiti's Website