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Monsieur Zohore

born Potomac, MD 1993

MZ.11 (Com├ędien Ivoirien)

2018-2020

Video, Color, Sound

Runtime: 5:32

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Synopsis

In MZ.11 (Com├ędien Ivoirien) uses his body to literally confront the comedic and political and art historical history of the banana or in this case the plantain. In this video performance shot in front of a live studio a live studio audience a blindfolded Monsieur Zohore attempts to dodge plantains being thrown at him by the participating audience. The action is scored by the tinny drone of his remaining Benny Hill theme song. By slowing down the track Zohore reveals the sinister undertones of his comedic labor.

Biography

Monsieur Zohore is a Ivorian-American artist based out of New York and Baltimore. His practice is invested in the consumption and digestion of culture through the conflation of domestic quotidian labor and art production. Through performance, installation, and sculpture, his practices explore queer history alongside his Ivorian-American heritage through a multi-faceted lens of humor, economics, art history, and labor.

Zohore received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2015 and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues including Palo Gallery (New York), Terrault Gallery (Baltimore), New Release Gallery (New York), 56 Henry (New York), and Canada Gallery (New York) as well as the 2020 The Material Art Fair (Coyoacan, CMDX). Zohore has also been invited to show at The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore), Washington Projects for the Arts (Washington D.C.), and at The Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH).