Giulia Andreani
Morgane Denzler
Sandra Lorenzi
Leopoldo Mazzoleni
Erwan Venn
10 January -8 March
opening friday 10 January
curator : Julie Crenn

A thought that never changes
Remains a stupid lie
It’s always been just the same
No hearing, nor breathing
No movement, no calling
Just silence.

New Order – Your Silent Face [Power, Corruption & Lies – 1983]

Since birth until our last days we carefully arrange, store, classify or conceal the traces of our lives. Vain, yet vital, these personal and intimate archives reveal our own history: diaries, photographs, letters, postcards, fetish objects, books. These are documents that fill albums and boxes, hard drives and CD-ROMS, and we absolutely need to preserve and save them, as they'll be the only ones to bear witness to our history, conferring substance and a tangible reality to our memories.

Many artists work with archives. They may be related to their own lives, to their families, to strangers, or to the lives that are ours. To prevent them from outright disappearance, they aim to give them visibility. It's than a matter of opening books and boxes, screens and archival storage devices in order to run them through the filter of art and show them in a new light. Through paintings, cut-outs, drawings and sculptures, the artists proceed to an actual translation of images and words. Thanks to them, we get to see a photograph of a group of Italian soldiers, postcards written during World War I, anonymous photographs found at a market in Beirut, a box of black and white photographs collected by someone's aunt, pictures gathered from archival collections, from the internet, or from history books. These documents have each gone through a process of appropriation that offers them a new history and a new destiny. The process of appropriation allows for the introduction, not only of a degree of distance towards the material, but also of a critical and revealing dimension. Giulia Andreani, Morgane Denzler, Sandra Lorenzi, Leopoldo Mazzoleni and Erwan Venn take part in the construction, or reconstruction, of narratives that are linked to a personal and/or collective history. While some are looking for a truth or a new understanding of a specific story, others use images and texts to generate new narratives.

(Julie Crenn, translation FRANK'S)

Vue de l'exposition

Leopoldo Mazzoleni, Mani, 2012
Photographies, stylo bille, 35x35 cm

Morgane Denzler, Ceux qui restent, 2012
Impression sur puzzle, 52x40 cm
Courtesy Galerie Bendana Pinel, Paris

Giulia Andreani, à gauche : MRN022 (Partisane du Front National), 2013
acrylique sur toile, 27x35 cm ; à droite . Lui&Lei, 2013
acrylique sur toile, 27x19 cm (dyptique)

Sandra Lorenzi, Collectio, 2012
Cartes postales découpées, porte-carte métallique, 102x110x5 cm
Courtesy Galerie Martine et Thibault de la Châtre, Paris

Sandra Lorenzi, Collectio, (Détail) 2012
Cartes postales découpées, porte-carte métallique, 102x110x5 cm
Courtesy Galerie Martine et Thibault de la Châtre, Paris

Erwan Venn, Faith 1.1, 2013
portfolio de 20 épreuves photographiques
impression numérique

Erwan Venn, Headless 01, 2013
Impression numérique, 23x41 cm

Erwan Venn, Headless, 7,8 x 12 cm,
impression numérique, 2013