CARRÉ D’ART MUSÉE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN, NÎMES, FRANCE
OPENING THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY 6:30 PM
EXHIBITION 6 FEBRUARY 26 APRIL 2015
CURATED BY JEAN MARC PRÉVOST
Courtesy Erna Hecey Office © Suzanne Lafont
Suzanne Lafont practices photographie in an extended field that incorporates references to theatre, performance, cinema and literature.
The exhibition in the sequence of the spacious volumes of Norman Foster’s Carré d’Art, offers a perspective on her most recent works, most of them made specially for the event, though, drawing on an ongoing collection of photographs taken since 1995 that Lafont calls a “bank of images” . These provide the raw material for each proposition, allowing her to explore different regimes of images in a series of situations. By way of introduction, 468 of these data are organised in the form of a slide show (Index). The exhibition then develops around the figure of the actor/performer. This protagonist first activates the space around the viewer, then, with Situation Comedy, from General Idea's Pamphlet Manipulating the Self, it takes over the field of the book, before giving way to it entirely (The First Two Hundred Fifty Five Pages of Project on the City 2, Guide to Shopping). Finally, it reappears in the adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s story The Mystery of Marie Roget. The exhibition ends with an announcement concerning coming talks, which, given the absence of informative content, restores the literality of the museum.
Suzanne Lafont (born 1949) is a major figure on the French art scene. Her work gained strong international visibility as early as the 1990’s.
Lafont exhibited worldwide including Documenta, IX 1992 and Documenta X 1997, she had solo exhibitions at MOMA, Museum of Modern Art New York, USA in 1992 and at Galerie Nationale du Jeux de Paume, Paris, France, Pinacotheca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2004, Mudam Muse´e d’art Moderne Grand-duc Jean, Luxembourg 2011. Suzanne Lafont participated as well in numerous landmark group exhibitions such as Photography and the Human Soul at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA in 2002, Fabrique de l’image, Villa Médicis, Rome, Italy in 2004 Street & Studio, An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, 2010, Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France 2010, Punctum, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria 2014.
At the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue, which is thought as well as a book realised by Suzanne Lafont will be published.
The book includes an analytical text by Marcella Lista and a conversation between Jean Marc Prévost and Suzanne Lafont.
Format 22 x 29 cm
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