Vielmetter Los Angeles is pleased to present Strange Fruit, the gallery’s second solo exhibition with Genevieve Gaignard, opening Saturday, March 19 and running through May 7, 2022.
With Strange Fruit, Genevieve Gaignard opens a door to haunting nostalgia of America’s relationship to racial violence. This exhibition marks her most extensive and provocative body of work to date, focusing on historical and modern-day acts of lynching. The title, borrowed from Billie Holiday’s iconic song, interfaces a range of unapologetic commentary on the American psyche, simulating its inseparable tie to the horrors visited upon black people. This work emerges against history’s recent spate of calls for racial justice and draws attention to this country’s racial progress—or lack thereof. Strange Fruit asks: Do you only want to see what you believe?