Pernod Ricard Foundation


Entre tes yeux et les images que j’y vois*

Curator: Anaël Pigeat and Sophie Vigourous

Guided tour on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30am

A group of artists who look at each other and talk to each other, it's a phenomenon of always. What gave us the desire to bring together these eight painters, and to continue a series of exhibitions initiated in 2019, is to question the way in which forms occur today, not only in the solitude of the studio, but also by looks, by words or affinities. They have in common a practice of painting where images have their place. In their paintings, they assume their emotions and pleasures, their desires and their claims, carried by a humanity devoid of cynicism. What binds us is also the shared life, the organic and fluid relationships they have with each other. They are a portrait of a generation.

With each other, next to each other, their works are first of all diverse. Jean Claracq paints the contemporary world in the format of medieval illuminations, mixing images of history and today's bodies. Miryam Haddad's paintings are a dive into matter and color. His images gradually emerge, like tales that resonate with the violence of the world as it is. Cecilia Granara paints the loves of imaginary bodies in chimerical scenes with bright hues that are all commitments for the representation of women. With her everyday images, Nathanaëlle Herbelin shows intimate bodies and political landscapes made on the spot or from her memory, paintings with a tone that is both contemporary and timeless. By having those he loves pose, by representing immobile figures, often languid, Simon Martin conducts research on color and pigments. He uses the force of light tones, and plays with the revelation of forms in a painting of the shade. Bouquets of legs, disarticulated arms, humanoid pizzas and donut buoys... The acidulous universe of Madeleine Roger-Lacan invites you to let yourself be carried away by dreams and fantasies. With games of pigments, binders and materials that she carefully prepares, Christine Safa paints the light of her childhood in Lebanon, images that she transforms into landscapes and mythical bodies. In an atmosphere of melancholy, Elene Shatberashvili paints silent individuals and communities. They are images of memory populated by solitudes. Finally, it is struggles against all kinds of discrimination that animate Apolonia Sokol's painting. The rigor of her compositions reflects the power of the messages she carries.

In the flow of images that surrounds us, we offer visitors, a suspended moment, a singular and concentrated experience of these paintings, a face to face with their painting. We decided to show a single painting by each artist, the one that together we considered emblematic at this point in their career, in their nascent maturity. A set of notebooks, drawings, notes, studio photographs and video images complete the perception we want to give of these artists. Some of their personal libraries also reflect their mental landscapes.

— Anaël Pigeat and Sophie Vigourous

*The title is a quote from Paul Eluard's collection, "Les Yeux fertiles".

With Jean Claracq, Cecilia Granara, Miryam Haddad, Nathanaëlle Herbelin, Simon Martin, Madeleine Roger-Lacan, Christine Safa, Elené Shatberashvili, Apolonia Sokol.



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