A group exhibition – Curator : Anne-Lou Vicente
With the works of : Nadia Belerique, Camille Brée, Eléonore Cheneau, Joanna Piotrowska, Leslie Thornton, Céline Vaché-Olivieri
Photography, film, painting, sculpture, installation and site-specific intervention: although they are based on a variety of media and techniques, the works of the six artists brought together in the exhibition share an appetite for mystery, secrecy, the uncertain and the invisible as much as the unspeakable. They form the framework of a non-linear, fragmented or even suspended narrative, offering a plural, open and changing interpretation.
Simultaneously combining the effects of surface (exterior) and content (interior), transparency and opacity, the spaces, objects and bodies they represent are charged with an enigmatic and fictional potential that is enhanced by their troubled, ambiguous and inaccessible character, thus stirring up curiosity and the desire to know/see.
Most often pre-existing, found, recovered before being moved, modified and arranged, the constituent elements conjure up a familiar reality tinged with strangeness and allow us to glimpse, through projection, something below the surface of the exhibition as well as the consciousness and memory.
Overlapping, spreading out, effacing, montage, stacking, layering, juxtaposition, opening, incrustation, infiltration, etc. In a manner that is both visible and invisible, the gestures in question suggest notions of seriality, reproduction and repetition, fragmentation and lack, while at the same time translating the logics at work here of mise en abîme, stratification, (dis)simulation and back-and-forth – across spaces and times, the spectrum of ages as well as colours – participating in a certain fantastic and cosmetic depth. In an ambient chiaroscuro, between activity and vigil, an intermediate and unstable state unfolds and reveals its transforming and emancipating power.
Are we dealing with an enigma, a person, an investigation, an image, an equation or a simple question? From signs to clues, from reflections to connections, from glimmers to air flows, L’Irrésolue outlines the vague contours of an elusive figure who, however reserved and pensive, resists.
Anne-Lou Vicente (born in 1979, lives and works in Paris) is an independent art critic and curator. She focuses on practices and works that, most often based on a set of dialectics (inside/outside, visible/invisible, language/unspeakable…) and combining perceptual processes and psychic processes, embody a sense of trouble and ambiguity at the same time as they integrate a poetic and affective charge conveying a hallucinatory power of projection and transformation.
In this context, she has written about the work of Bruno Botella, Dominique Petitgand, Bertrand Lamarche, Anne-Charlotte Finel, Ugo Rondinone, Marie-Jeanne Hoffner, Mark Geffriaud, Myriam Lefkowitz and Elen Hallégouët, and designed the exhibitions savoir faire savoir (Ygrec, Paris, 2016), Sens dedans dehors (Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris, 2017) and Entre deux eaux (MEAN, Saint-Nazaire, 2018).
At the same time, since 2010, in partnership with Raphaël Brunel, she has been conducting a research at the crossroads of visual and sound arts, which has resulted in editions (VOLUME magazine, Sébastien Roux’s record ISSUES, monographs of Meris Angioletti and Jeremiah Day, etc. ) and exhibitions (Le Tamis et le sable cycle, Maison populaire, Montreuil, 2013; VOLUME as a Score, District, Berlin, 2013; Persona Everyware, Le Lait art centre, Albi, 2020; Des voix traversées, IAC, Villeurbanne, 2022).
Nadia Belerique was born in 1982. She lives and works in Toronto (Canada).
Camille Brée was born in 1992. She lives and works in Paris (France).
Eléonore Cheneau was born in 1972. She lives and works in l’Île-Saint-Denis (France).
Joanna Piotrowska was born in 1985. She lives and works in London (United Kingdom).
Leslie Thornton was born in 1951. She lives and works in New York (United States).
Céline Vaché-Olivieri was born in 1978. She lives and works in Paris and in La Courneuve-Aubervilliers (France).
le plateau, paris
22 rue des Alouettes
Cat people meet re-enacts the founding event of Distruktur’s film Cat Effekt : moving images of a glowing cat are projected, provoking situations that indicate the dimension of the enigma.
Filmed in Cairo in 2008, the footage of the cat was taken to Moscow two years later and sparked the flame for the medium-length film.
In 2023, for the first time in Paris and in a similar situation — a meeting that proposes new encounters —, this séance will open the doors for magic to enter and destabilize the real.
Following the performance, Cat Effekt will be projected.
With Anne-Lou Vicente
Plateau-Apéro and screening
Film screening during Belleville Video Night
More information on http://fraciledefrance.com
With Lucie Taïeb, writer
Open until 9pm
Every first Wednesday of the month (except 05.04.23), with a visit of the exhibition at 7;30 pm
Every Sunday 4pm
Rendez-vous at the reception