EBECHO MUSLIMOVA (EM)
Born in 1984
The irreverent, ironic and provocative character of Fatebe is the undisputed heroine of Ebecho Muslimova’s paintings, wallpapers and graphic works. Since 2011, the artist has in fact created an imaginary alter ego, an uninhibited, free, corpulent version of herself (and whose name is a portmanteau of ‘fat’ and ‘Ebe,’ short for Ebecho), capable of going beyond limits and rules and to move spontaneously in the space of the artist’s work. Depicted with fast and exaggerated traits, the round and naked body of Fatebe, with her sex proudly in view, her swollen breasts and her cheeky comic-strip smile, deals with situations, objects, ever new landscapes, amidst tragicomic misadventures, acrobatic physical contortions and lustful fantasies. By deliberately reversing the voyeuristic and objectifying relationship through which the female body is normally shown and represented, Fatebe questions codes and languages, perspectives and proportions.
For the 58th October Salon, Muslimova creates a wallpaper, transforming Fatebe into a pattern entirely covering the walls of the exhibition space. In doing so, the artist plays with concealing the presence of the work in the exhibition space, but at the same time uses wallpaper as the basis for a provocative representation of her iconic character.