Gers: Memento offers a "Secondary residence" to fifteen artists

Gers: Memento offers a “Secondary residence” to fifteen artists

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The departmental contemporary art space opened its summer exhibition on Friday evening. “Secondary residence” brings together fifteen artists who have appropriated the former Carmelite convent on the theme of home.

Fifteen artists have taken up their summer quarters at Memento, the departmental space for contemporary art in the center of Auch. The “Secondary residence” exhibition was inaugurated there on Friday evening.

“After working on the history of this place, it was time to think that it was a hell of a house to welcome guests in the summer, that is to say the works, enthuses the director of Memento Karine Mathieu The exhibition is called Second home because it talks about how we live in a place, how we are at home. After these two years of Covid, which were a strange relationship between home and remoteness, we wanted to transmit these works and this pleasure.

Guilhem Roubichou worked from used screens.

This exhibition was born from the visit of Memento by Nicolas Puyjalon, and the impressions he confided to its director. “He came as a visitor, says Karine Mathieu Everything he said seemed very beautiful to me: how an artist looks at a place as a visitor.” She then offered him a residency at Memento, which he has shared since this winter with exhibition curator Julie Laymond and Ilazki de Portuondo.

A place that has inspired artists

“It’s a place that has been thought out intelligently and that gives itself the means to work in good conditions. And that’s not so common, says Ilazki from Portuondo. You’re incredibly lucky to have a place like that, which doesn’t is not just an empty shell that we fill.” This is why she chose to travel from Mexico, where she has been living since 2016, to work with Julie Laymond with whom she forms the duo Y.

Romain, from the Fruits collective, in the inflatable sculpture that they exhibit in the old chapel.

Romain, from the Fruits collective, in the inflatable sculpture that they exhibit in the old chapel.

“Disrupt” is the watchword of this exhibition for Karine Mathieu. From the old chapel invaded by the inflatable structure to the balcony which offers no panorama, passing through the screens eaten away by lichen, the works disturb the vision of the house and everyday life. “This exhibition brings together artists who come from various fields of art, and who do not stop at one genre”, underlines the director.

The artists mainly worked together to build this exhibition. More than a simple assembly of works, they appropriated the places by creating or adapting their works. They now welcome the public in the second home they have set up.

Free admission until October 16, Tuesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Memento Wednesdays

Memento Wednesdays are back all summer. Every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., the Memento cloister is transformed into an open stage for various artistic practices. Kick-off on Wednesday July 6, with a concert by Ange Halliwell.

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