From 8 October 2014 to 26 January 2015, the Centre Pompidou is presenting a work by Latifa Echakhch, winner of the 2013 Prix Marcel Duchamp, in Espace 315.
Latifa Echakhch has devised a specific project for the Centre Pompidou, which follows on from other exhibitions: «Latifa Echakhch. Goodbye Horses» at the Kunsthaus Zurich in 2011, «The scene takes place» at the Eva Presenhuber Gallery in 2013, and «All around fades to a heavy sound» at the kamel mennour gallery this year. In all these exhibitions, Latifa Echakhch explored an idea where circuses and shows become ghostly spectacles emptied of public and performers following «nobody knows» what kind of events or disasters.
With Espace 315, the artist once more places ideas about the stage, decorum and traces at the heart of her approach. The exhibition, consisting of several sculptural components, has a strongly unified feel. The artist seeks to build up a dramatic scene. By making play with the backstage area, the whole work suggests a wide range of meanings and interpretations ranging from a disappointing materiality to images of mental landscapes. Latifa Echakhch transforms the venue into a dense, dreamlike place halfway between earth and sky, frozen in a twilight world.
Born in 1974 in El Khnansa (Maroc), Latifa Echakhch lives and works in Martigny (Switzerland). Her work has been shown in France and abroad in many personal exhibitions: at the macLYON, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, at the Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio), at the Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, at the Kunsthaus of Zurich, at the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld, at the MACBA in Barcelona, at the Fri Art in Freibourg, at the GAMeC in Bergame, at the Kunsthalle of Basel, at the Bielefelder Kunstverein, at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Cassel, at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne in Reims, at the Swiss Institute of New York, at the Tate Modern in London, at the Magasin in Grenoble.