Tatiana Trouvé & Grace Hall
Tatiana Trouvé: You Are Here, 2017
This first time collaboration between sculptor and sound artist takes the form of a poetic and fictional map and an installation created out of sound. At the tourist office, a printed map guides visitors to some lesser-known aspects of the region and on an uncanny and disorientating experience for the senses. It takes the form of a guide with five texts relating to five different places. Here, the secret aspects of the region are presented as stations in the exploration of the unknown (Tatiana Trouvé, You Are Here, 2017).
One of these five experiences takes place at the public swimming pool. The map guides the visitors to this destination and the pool functions as a gateway to this unknown world. Beneath the waters of the public swimming pool the familiar intonations of language are interrupted by the swimmers’ breath to create a fragmented poetry of inhalation and exhalation (Grace Hall, Obsidian Cloud, 2017). Underwater we transition momentarily into this secret world. However, it is a world we can only inhabit for the space of a breath.
You Are Here and Obsidian Cloud work synergistically, echoing one another, to create the experience of otherworldly tourism.
In disquieting, entropic mis–en–scenes, Tatiana Trouvé limns the boundaries between the mental and physical where material space and form converge with immaterial time and memory. Her situations combine intricate scenographic drawings, sculptures both linear and three–dimensional, and spaces that hint at invisible dimensions. Whether found or created, Trouvé’s “environmental dramas” are melancholy yet highly charged, palimpsests containing echoes of other lived spaces and realities, which oscillate between the real, the imaginary and the phantasmic.
Tatiana Trouvé was born in 1968 in Cosenza, Italy. Trouvé’s work has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Centre national d’art contemporain de la Villa Arson, France (1997); “Polders,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002); “Aujourd’hui, hier, ou il y a longtemps…” CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, France (2003); “Tatiana Trouvé, juste assez coupable pour être heureuse,” MAMCO, Geneva (2004); “Extraits d’une société confidentielle,” FRAC PACA, France (2005); “Djinns,” CNEAI, France (2005); Centre national d’art contemporain Villa Arson, France (2007); “Double Bind,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007); “4 between 3 and 2,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008); FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France (2008); “A stay between enclosure and space,” Migros Museum, Zurich (2009–10); “Bureau of Implicit Activities: archives and projects,” Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2009); “Il Grande Ritratto,” Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2010); “Somewhere, 18–12–95, An Unknown, 1981,” Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2014); “I tempi doppi,” Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2014, traveled to Museion, Italy; and Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany); and “Desire Lines,” Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York (2015). “S.M.A.K.,” will be shown in Ghent, Belgium, in 2017.
Trouvé currently lives and works in Paris, France.