Born (1996) on the EASTSIDE of Detroit, Conant Gardens specific, Franchesca Lamarre is a private art school dropout. Influeced by both her Black American reimaginative roots and her Haitian resilient roots; she is, (She ill), an illustrator, practicing the replacement of power in the Afro-Black Community. Before college her fashion designs landed her in Fashion Against Aids at St.Andrews Hall (2011), Joe Faris and Denise Ilitch Presents Fashion In Detroit (2012), and Michigan F.A.S.H Fest (2013). Her Designs also brought her to the Detroit Design Festival showcases and activations (2013),(2014), and (2017). Once dropping out of art school in (2015), she swiftly emerged into the detroit underground arts network where she began her journey as a fine artist. She emerged with a femme artist collective “Art Babes” in (2015) and adopted the street tag name, Queen Complex. As Queen Complex, she emerged with a dialogue of Black exploration and community based healing. Embodying queendom to weaponize against the violence of complex systemic oppression. Holding space for conversations centered in gender identity, colorism, creative license, ancestral healing, and Black femme identity. In (2016), she completed her first mural “Bird Cry”at Detroit’s creatives community anchor “The Baltimore Gallery”. Her body adornments and photography were featured in activations for Allied Media Conference (2017) and (2018). In her interdisciplanry pratices she uses the imagery of iconography, foreshadowing, and symbolism to signify Black metaphysical balance. As a freelance photographer she’s navigated the small business network of Detroit, creating imagery that is equitable and inclusive. Working with businesses like Pingree, Detroit Clothing Circle, HER, and DSE to articulate the nuances of black life and landscape. Also as an emerging filmmaker in (2018), Franchesca premiered her debut film "A Good Cry" on navigating colorism through ancestral healing. In (2019) she plans to release her next film “Complex Melanin” a narration documentary film highlighting the ritual practice of durag culture. She is an Afro-Futurist, hoping to evoke present thought and action; obtaining entry into a world unimagined by the Black eye.
Life As Ceremony