Mental comfort

03 nov - 17 nov

Opening on November 05 from 17 p.m. to 21 p.m.

Julie Navarro / Ikuhisa Sawada

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

Pictures from my collection bucolic and contemplative are pierced with 17 holes, according to the motif of the hygiaphones * which amplify the speech, and pass through its support.
The images are printed on screens-partitions facing paintings - waves - printed on Plexiglas, and others suspended by cables that move, stir with the sandstone breaths, words, and sneezes.
Screen gives meaning and sound to the form to let sound through while filtering, and amplifying the vibrations which are reflected, on the other side, rise in space.
Words through bridges, woods, mountains, beckoning to the landscape and expanding his filtered word. Quiet animism of the sound image, letting it beckon in its own way. Give phonic to the vision. Are they 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. Take care of what is whispering, what is not yet, what could be.
Something is going on. The present relates to the past through the imagination. The waves vibrate with potentialities.
 Each screen generates an I who opened up to the other, between sources of emissions and sources of perception.

* 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 to see, hear and protect its staff.

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.



From Wednesday to Sunday
of 14h00 to 19h00

41, Saint Blaise Street 75020 Paris, France

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