À charge de désir
Here we move a little closer to the flesh, to its folds and clefts and sensations. The body is unveiled in fragments, and movements are traced: skin encounters skin and fits together, a hand touches and probes, a gaze wanders. Bones and blocks are held together by stalks and string. At knots or breaking points, places where everything could snap, structures are found providing help and support. The apparent tranquility requires careful gestures to protect aspects of ourselves or others, while also provoking tension, a breath, a decisive moment that could make everything give way.
Using elaborate photographic compositions and sculptures with organic forms, Caroline Mauxion evokes physical sensations that connect us to our bodies. Calling more specifically on her memory of lengthy orthopedic treatments, the artist distills the pain she felt into her work, but also into its neighbouring sensations: care, sensuality, desire. The precariousness with which the images and forms hold together suggests both the fragility of our existence and the strength of our perception. The positioning of the works in space spurs movement in our own bodies, surrounded as they are by corporeal fragments, and urges us to understand that they, too, are perched in the same delicate balance.
These exhibitions are part of the Serpents Futures programming, which observes what happens when our fragility takes over and opens up unexpected avenues. The artists are sensitive to what is beyond the here and now, and their work testifies to their openness to what both beings and images may become.