Vol. XVI. The work of the artist comprises mainly films, sculptures and installations that incorporate images and objects borrowed from various origins and epochs.
Frac Île-de-France is presenting the first solo exhibition in France by Haris Epaminonda at le plateau.
The work of the Cyprus-born artist, who currently lives and works in Berlin, comprises mainly films, sculptures and installations that incorporate images and objects borrowed from various origins and epochs, to stage multiple encounters, while cultivating an explicit relationship with the past.
Epaminonda’s approach is characterised by a careful choice of objects and meticulous presentations. The fact that her exhibits are taken from contexts that can be inferred by the observer, but are never explicitly revealed, contributes to their intrinsic strangeness. Pages of old books, vases or statuettes are put into relation through visual associations and form a fictional space. Shown as they are — as readymades, essentially — they appear like elements of an interrupted narrative that spectators are encouraged to reconnect. The artist has devised an extensive environment that occupies the cleared spaces of le plateau with a series of cubicles, platforms and screens conceived both as sculptures and presentation devices.
By condensing the different angles of her approach, in which the idea of travelling and movement — in time and space — plays a fundamental role, the exhibition as a whole will offer a unique opportunity for a simultaneously sculptural, spatial and filmic experience.
Born in 1980 in Cyprus (Nicosia), Haris Epaminonda lives and works in Berlin. Her work was exhibited in solo exhibitions in numerous international art venues : Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011) ; Schirn Kunsthalle, Franckfort (2011) ; Tate Modern, Londres (2010) ; Malmö Konsthall (2009). Co-representing Cyprus at the Venice Art Biennale in 2007, she took part to dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012), to the 2nd Athens Biennale (2009) and to the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008).
Image: Haris Epaminonda, Photographie trouvée, Courtesy of the artist & Le Plateau, Fonds régional d’art contemporain, Paris
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Opening Wednesday, September 23, h.18
Place Hannah Arendt, Paris
Wednesday – Sunday, 2 PM – 7 PM