Sol Souple, an installation for the Storytelling project, curated by Matthieu Lelièvre at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon in 2019.
“Storytelling is an exhibition in progress. Seven artists (Chourouk Hriech, Lou Masduraud & Antoine Bellini, Sara Bichão, Celsian Langlois, Hannelore Van Dijck and Violaine Lochu) involve the spectators in the process of creating it. They have been invited to do a two to three-week residency one after another in an exhibition space that gradually becomes the exhibition. It is a new kind of “arts laboratory” that deconstructs the codes of the classic art show, inverting the chronology and interrogating the modes of mediation as well as the relationship with the visitors. The rules of the exhibition are similar to those of the old Surrealist game exquisite corpse, a variation of the parlour game called “Consequences”, in which playersin which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, folding it over so that the next player continues the story without knowing what has gone before. (…)
Sara Bichão chose to make the time of her residency in the macLYON studio apartment do double duty as both a lived experience and the subject of her artistic project. The residency “became” a performance. She chose to duplicate the space and the surroundings of the apartment by creating a shadow, which was to become the author of the works in her exhibition space. She addressed questions of public and private space, the individual and the group, experiencing the encounter with the public as a significant challenge. The eleven days of her residency were conveyed as eleven aspects of herself in the form of faces in recycled paper with mouths formed from chewed chewing-gum.”
Excerpt of the text by Matthieu Lelièvre for the catalog of Storytelling, MAC Lyon, 2019
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