Pascal Bouchaille / Art & Communication presents a display where contemporary artists dialogue, where different mediums confront one another, complete one another, combine and answer one another.
Fleeting, sometimes stubborn, souvenirs – actively emotional or consciously interpreted – make up a memory that can be partial or forgotten but never neutral, which artists then seize and give back to us in all its complexity.
Erwan Venn delves into a difficult family history and uncovers secrets that have long been hidden, using this charged and reactive matter of old family photos, extracting the bodies and proposing striking photomontages.
Amandine Pierné’s approach focuses on the possibilities of representing, formulating and implementing time, through the gaze and gestures. The artwork “Quick Sands” intertwines with its materials, phenomena and temporalities that are at once human and natural.
With his new drawings, Laurent Valera looks to grasp movements of liquids and to subtly and poetically inscribe them on a paper that he created himself, filled with recycled memories and stories.
Rachel Labastie’s boots seem to have walked across long paths and unexplored territories, coming back from afar. They are cast sculptures (smoked sandstone) and have endured a visual challenge (smoking) that gave them their tarnished appearance.
The materials used by Kevin Rouillard, steel containers, long-distance recycled objects, are full of memories and stories, sending him back to his own souvenirs, but what is important for the artist is to reinvent, modify and transcend them.
Reminiscences, traces, recollections, souvenirs and memory collide with one another, cross paths, fuel one another, inviting us on a journey between fragments and narratives.