The exhibition 'Territoires Familiers?', curated by Huayra Llanque at Espace Niemeyer in Paris, will feature Optophono projects by the artists Matilde Meireles and Una Lee. The exhibition will run from 10-27 April 2018.
Espace Niemeyer, a National Heritage site designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, holds the distinction of being the Paris HQ of the Parti communiste française.
Llanque writes of the exhibition:
When in 1999 the artist Mona Hatoum created the installation Home, she questioned everyday space, and placed us between intimacy and geopolitical situation. Kitchen utensils made of metal, arranged on a worktop, become the conductive elements of an electrical circuit. This one draws a palpable demarcation line and gives a familiar universe a threatening character. From this everyday image, broader questions are involved.
Today, this installation is the trigger for a conversation imagined between graphic works, or sound, photographs, sculptures, on the occasion of the exhibition Familiar Territories? , at the Espace Niemeyer. Usual objects or familiar images constitute a universe and sometimes structure our places of life. Repeated gestures draw in their own way playgrounds or territories. The exhibition proposes to look at artistic practices that question these familiar terrains, through different media. The works take place inside the Espace Niemeyer, which houses meeting places, spaces for passage and exchange.
Marked by a singular architecture and history, Espace Niemeyer is located at Place du Colonel Fabien, at the junction of several neighborhoods in eastern Paris. Many people rub shoulders daily with the building, known in particular for its white dome that rises from the ground and awakens the imaginary. The exhibition Familiar territories? proposes an exploration inside the building where the curved walls, the inclined planes, the sloping ground jostle our landmarks.