"Companionable Silences" curated by Shanay Jhaveri
“Women artists from outside the West who’ve worked in Paris” is a deceptively straight-forward concept for what proved to be one of the Palais’s most zesty, insightful and elegantly curated shows. Stand-outs include the Indian modernist Amrita Sher-Gil’s terrific 1934 self-portrait where she poses as one of Gauguin’s South Sea Island beauties. Her challenge to a Western man’s exoticising view found a strange echo in the work of the young artist Camille Henrot, who just won the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale. Her hermaphrodite bird-people, collaged against beach scenes in pretty pastel hues were inspired by old photos of soldiers and sailors in drag as Polynesian girls.