Opening on Wednesday 2 September from 18:00 to 21:00
The Fondation Thalie is pleased to present Vue liquide, a monographic exhibition by Caroline Achaintre.
Tapisserie, watercolor, basketry, ceramics: the many traditional techniques Caroline Achaintre uses to create a carnival of the absurd. Her works are haggard, hysterical masks, captured in primitive cries. She creates openings, mouths, eyes, orifices. She seeks intensity in her work: « I am interested in primary sensations. This is why prehistoric art inspires me: everything is simply said and the superfluous is excluded. It is a very powerful art. Primitivism is visionary, at the heart of everything. My interest in European carnival folklore has its origins in the age-old tradition of masks, as much as in the caricature of society that carnival represents. »
Born in 1969 in France, raised in Germany, based in the United Kingdom, Caroline Achaintre is an internationally renowned artist. After training as a blacksmith, she studied fine arts in London. Her first works were on paper, then she worked with wool from 2002, with clay in 2009, wicker in 2010 and experimented with costumes and performance in 2015. Influenced by post-war British sculpture, the early arts, Memphis design, urban cultures (goth or metal music, horror films, science fiction, etc.), she has developed a unique portfolio of work. Caroline Achaintre has participated in numerous exhibitions, including Making & Unmaking at Camden Arts Center, London in 2016, Entangled: Threads and Making, Turner Contemporary, Margate in 2017, the 13th Triennale of the Baltic States in 2018 and Another Banana Day for the Dream-Fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2018. Her solo exhibitions include Present/Future, Illy Prize, Castello Di Rivoli, Turin (2014); Caroline Achaintre, Art Now, Tate Britain, London (2015); Duo Infernal, Galerie Art: Concept, Paris (2018); Permanent Wave, Belvedere21, Vienna (2019); Scanner, Arcade, London (2019); Caroline Achaintre, MO.CO, Montpellier (2019). Caroline Achaintre is represented by Galerie Art: Concept, Paris and Arcade, London & Brussels.
Curator: Nathalie Guiot
Text: Vincent Honoré, Director of exhibitions at MO.CO. Montpellier
More information about the exhibition here.
With the support of:
As part of EXTRA, with the support of the French Institute and the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service of the French Embassy in Belgium