Praz-Delavallade is pleased to present Oh, Honey, a solo exhibition of new works by Despina Stokou.
Oh, Honey continues Stokou’s exploration of popular culture and political debates as mediated by contemporary public forums. She calls this show “a letter from a (better) future” and pulls together text sources from news articles and Twitter comments to drug prescriptions and hospital bills, creating collaged text and color layers in large format painting structures. Stokou critically examines the conflation of history with trending topics highlighting the fact that while online visibility dictates the public narrative, the needs and rights of large swathes of the population are continuously being overlooked in plain sight.
Born and raised in a Massachusetts mill town to a white mother and black father, Gaignard grew up between two cultures. While enrolled at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she experimented with photography and collage, investigating racial dynamics through composed environments and fabricated characters. Following her graduation from Massachusetts College of Art in 2007, she was accepted to the prestigious Master of Fine Arts program at Yale University. Over the next two years Gaignard continued to explore notions of identity through parafictional photographic self portraiture, video, sculptural elements and installations.