Tania Mouraud / OTNOT

19 May / 31 July, 2016
Curator: Elodie Stroecken

upper floor


A highly respected figure of the artistic scene in France, Tania Mouraud will have her first personal exhibition in Romania. Using all the space at Gaep (EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS), the exhibition will include works from the beginning of 2000s up until now, works that gravitate between photography, video art, sound and digital art.

Photography works will be presented at the first floor of the gallery, among which the latest series named Balafres (open wounds) will also be displayed. This series initiated in 2014 takes us deep in the heart of Germany’s lignite mining sites, symbols of schizophrenia in a society which idealizes energetic transition and renewable energy, while half of the energy production comes from highly polluting combustion of raw materials, and to achieve this it produces mass destruction of the landscape and every living thing. Through her works, Tania Mouraud succeeds in showing the proportions of this disaster caused by human beings, by means of continuous movement between the surface of artificial lunar landscapes and revealing the Earth entrails. The artist brings out the surprisingly paradoxical beauty through composition and materialism that comes from her classic painting knowledge. The public will also have the opportunity to see the premiere of Tania Mouraud’s latest work called Pandemonium, in a subterranean journey, emphasized by digital works, which animate the concept of the exhibition through their powerful message.

Tania Mouraud’s recent works reveal an awareness of the environment, emphasizing on the conflict between man and nature in contemporary society. The power but also the weakness of society are evoked in Face to face and in the Disasters photography series. The work called No Name shows images filmed by Tania Mouraud in the Jewish cemetery in Iasi, and raises a topic in the artist’s approach, an autobiographic and universal dimension. Through direct reference to History, the artist shows the insanity of the mass destruction process: colossal resources and the extreme care of individuals for the domination of the environment bring in the end a programmed auto destruction. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the famous “De Rerum Natura”(On the Nature of Things) by Lucretius. In the translation of the doctrine written by Epicurus, Lucretius describes the creation of the world, the emergence of civilization and the episode of the great plague in Athens, as a parable of the contemporary stakes for saving the human species.

Tania Mouraud will also be present in public spaces, being faithful to the spirit in which she developed her projects starting with the 70’s. The artist will make an urban intervention in Bucharest, Pitesti, Bacau, Iasi, Sibiu, Cluj, Buzau and Roman the birth place of her father. Her work will have as an objective the systematic repetition of Benjamin Fondane’s (B. Fundoianu) verse “CRIERTOUJOURSJUSQUALAFINDUMONDE” . Born in 1898 in Iasi and deceased in 1944 in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Benjamin Fondane was a philosopher, poet, playwrighter, essayist, literary critic, movie producer and translator in Romanian and Hebrew, naturalized French in 1938. As a confession addressed to those who will draw their attention to decrypt this words almost unreadable, which will be placed on numerous billboards.

Tania Mouraud was born in 1942. An unclassified artist, she doesn’t cease to reinvent her practice, starting with the late 60’s. Her work brings into question the relation between art and social links, through the use of different artistic mediums: painting, installation, photography, sound, video and performance. She proposes to add a meditation room to our standard apartments (1968). She exhibits in public spaces on 3 x 4 m billboards her disapproval of a society that glorifies materiality over humanity(1977).The artist analyses the relationships of the decorative dimensions of art and war over the limits of perception with the help of “writings”, by creating “mots de forme”(1989). Starting with 1998 the artist works with photography, video and sound in a close relation with painting, analyzing the different aspects of history and life. The committed art of Tania Mouraud holds an apolitical stand of the individual. Her perspective is one of an artist that lives with her eyes open towards the world.

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