Love and its servitudes by Gaëlle Choisne in Bétonsalon
#PARIS After Julien Creuzet’s highly acclaimed 2-part exhibition, Gaëlle Choisne is now in charge.
(1985, France) graduated from the Beaux Arts de Lyon and the Rijksakademie, which offers a reflection on love and its possibilities, through an in situ sculptural installation with variable geometry.
Temple of Love consists of a common ritual habitat consisting of a banquet of oysters, banners and other elements held by chains. Like objects abandoned on a beach, scraps subjected to the backwash. Sculptures in tension “crossroads of” as she defines it, functional or more symbolic. Videos relate his recent meeting in Haiti with a voodoo priest who proposed the creation of a love filter; others, recovered, depict a man in a trance who eats embers, an image of the loving passion that consumes everything.
The question of the sea and the underlying hospitality also runs through the enclosed space, an allegory of the ebb and flow, of the crossing, of the territory.
The oyster, whose origin of the name refers to Greek ostracism, with strong political ramifications, embodies a local and unstable exoticism, both aphrodisiac and hermaphrodite, raising gender issues. While remaining silent, these oysters have much to reveal to us and since then throughout the history of art, as the artist who created a giant version of the white bronze oysters points out. She has also embarked on experimental work on porcelain, whose purity is undermined by the oxidation of copper, as if to test its resistance capacity, a notion that permeates many of her works.
Resistance of materials, resistance of memory to the influence of colonialism, persistence of the fable and imagination of the Caribbean in the face of multiple European permutations, this temple of men and gods is more than an allegory, and invites us to pursue this network in the form of performances, ephemeral interventions, workshops… as a micro society where love triumphs and repairs.
Gaëlle Choisne is represented by Untilthen Gallery, Paris.
A non-profit organization, Bétonsalon, Centre d’art et de recherche, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, is the only conventional art centre located in a French university, Paris
Diderot, promoting research activities and artistic and academic productions from a network of national and international partners.
Temple of Love, Gaëlle Choisne
Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche
9 Esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Paris 13th
Until December 15th
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