Whether in the beating of a moth’s wings as it flutters around a lamp or in the indefinite duration of a kiss, the same magnetic force seems to guide our existence: the desire to be, but also the temptation to measure ourselves against what mostly eludes us—the pull toward an elsewhere or another, the experience of a sensation or an emotion. By associating the brief life of a butterfly with a human experience, Anne-Renée Hotte invites us to a convergence of bodies, until a single one is evoked as a way of symbolizing the weight, and above all the significance, of the ties that bind us.
It suffices to recall the vast numbers of insects that emerged in the summer nights of our childhood to see that they are in decline, something we also experience in our increasingly distant social relationships. It is thus the senses that call on new communities to gather around the light: the one we see in the distance like the resonance of a coveted future, or that of a long exposure that will draw a barely identifiable form, inseparable from a shared moment. Its glimmering is a reminder of what moves and mobilizes beings, a reminder that the potential to recreate a world at every moment lives within them.
This exhibition is part of our and everything it takes programming, which looks into the forces and resources that drive us and what, within and outside of ourselves, might equally prove to be a potentiality or a menace.