Mental comfort

04 nov - 17 nov

Opening on November 04 from 18 p.m. to 22 p.m.

Julie Navarro / Ikuhisa Sawada

Born in 1972 in Paris. Lives and works in Paris.

Images from my bucolic and contemplative collection seem pierced with 17 holes, according to the motif of the hygiaphones * which amplify the word, and cross its support. They are printed on office screens **. The series gives meaning and sound to the form to allow sound to pass through while filtering and amplifying the vibrations which reverberate, on the other side, rise up in space. Words through bridges, woods, mountains, to beckon the landscape and expand its filtered word. Give phonic to the vision. Are you talking to me behind the screen? Does art speak to you? What do you hear ? the stream, the pines, the sea? inaccessible summits. Imagine what is happening behind the screen, behind the image. Listening to confidences. The waves vibrate with potentialities. Each screen generates an I that opens up to the other, between sources of emissions and sources of perceptions.

* The Hygiaphone, a protective device with a vibrating membrane amplifying the sound in public counters - name taken from Hygieia, goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene - was designed following the epidemic of flu of 1945 in France. It caused many victims among the population and infected a large part of the SNCF sales agents, which asked its engineers to invent a system allowing them to see, hear and protect their staff.
** partition support offered thanks to the patronage of Kinnarps France

Ikuhisa SAWADA
Born in 1970 in Tokyo.
Lives and works in Tokyo.
Represented by the traveling gallery Meeting Art Point.

In the “Closed circuit” series, initiated in 2012 and still in progress, Ikuhisa Sawada explores the anonymous circulation spaces of the city of Tokyo's train and metro network. These places of transit, usually considered to be of no interest, became his photographic subject at the end of a shooting protocol established as follows:
“I gave myself two conditions for this job. First, find a subject that I can photograph every day, at any time. Second, let this place be an ordinary public space. It was important for me to establish a repetitive practice and that the place be free of all affect; this is what led me to photograph train stations and metro stations in Tokyo. When I exhibit, I superimpose layers of photographs in the space so that the point of view changes as the viewer moves through the gallery. "
The immersive devices that Ikuhisa Sawada creates following this process of fragmentation of reality bring photography into the register of a physical experience, where images dialogue with the place and construct new perceptions of space.



Opening hours
From Wednesday to Sunday
from 14AM to 00PM

41, Saint Blaise Street 75020 Paris, France

Metro: Porte de Bagnolet, Porte de Montreuil, Market garden
Tel: +06 65 15 81 81