Curated by Sandrine Wymann
Tchernobyl on tour by
Elena Costelian and ...et s'en aller by Chourouk Hriech are two
individual exhibitions which do not only share an exhibition space, but
form a rich dialogue. These exhibitions deal with history, both personal
and national, linking it with contemporary art and making it into their
The two artists have several points in common:
both are determined, dynamic and passionate women, from the same generation
and of foreign origins. The two exhibitions have also some shared themes:
history, mise-en-scène and sincerity.
But it is primarily
an intuition that has led to the desire to link them.
Costelian works on recent history, full of areas where we are not yet
sure what we think, and where the issues at stake go beyond the individual
scale. Her realist installations have a strong theatrical note and inspire
shock. It is impossible to innocently pass by one of her works, she
destabilises us and makes us lose our bearings, provoking embarrassment and
the uncomfortable feeling of being the spectator of a world that does not
Chourouk Hriech travels within a territory
which opens out from the eye to the hand. The artist crosses the distance
between the two by following a complex line enriched by her observations,
memories and emotions. Her designs, like rhizomes, are spread out on the
walls and transport the spectator to a world made up of a thousand
different realities, all related to travel and escapism.
Costelian and Chourouk Hriech have two very different forms of expression,
but which work together to reveal the complexity of human nature and mood.
From chaos to escapism, Tchernobyl on tour and ... et s'en
aller represent two sincere and attentive readings of the world
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