RADICANTS

Curatorial cooperative

24.05-29.07.2022

Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger
Curated by Noam Segal

18 rue Commines, 75003 Paris
Exhibition open from 2 to 6pm, from Monday to Friday, and on appointment
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How does one start to talk about an artist whose work contests the very concept of the beginning? For the painter, writer, and psychoanalyst Bracha L. Ettinger the notion of origin—a singular, temporally, and geographically bounded event—needs to be interrogated. Every subject’s « origin » consists of an accumulation of the material, political, and emotional parts of a life lived in time: trauma, memory, language, breast milk, water, soil, oxytocin, ashes, bodily arousal, and other transgenerational transmissions.

How does one start to talk about an artist whose work contests the very concept of the beginning? For the painter, writer, and psychoanalyst Bracha L. Ettinger the notion of origin—a singular, temporally, and geographically bounded event—needs to be interrogated. Every subject’s « origin » consists of an accumulation of the material, political, and emotional parts of a life lived in time: trauma, memory, language, breast milk, water, soil, oxytocin, ashes, bodily arousal, and other transgenerational transmissions.

Ettinger formulated this matrix(ial) understanding of origin as a therapeutic modality and philosophy. It is evident in Ettinger’s artistic work as a form of spatial, temporal, and subjective ordering and understanding. Her way of working aligns with how she approaches the human subject and psyche–as an entity that shifts and changes as it moves through matrixial time and space.

This exhibition, Ettinger’s first solo show in Paris in over 22 years, includes oil paintings from several series that embody matrixial connectivity: Eurydice, Eros, Pieta, Medusa, Annunciation, Birthing, and Angel of Carriance. They cross, co-emerge, reappear, and trans-present in one another. Even as deep time and sheer matter form a sediment in these paintings, her figuralities are transjective and transsubjective. The show also includes drawings and notebooks.

Bracha L. Ettinger’s (born 1948, Based in Paris and Tel Aviv) works are at the forefront of contemporary painting. Yet, like many of her female contemporaries, the radical capacities of her practice are only beginning to find recognition. In recent years, her works have been shown at Castello di Rivoli (Turin, Italy), 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India), 14th Istanbul Biennial, Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, Spain), KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland), The Drawing Center (New York City), The Israel Museum, and Centre G. Pompidou (Paris) among many others.

10.06 – 23.07.2022

Cloud Point
Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud

Image: Hicham Berrada, « Présage », 2022, color video, duration variable

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Paradise Row Projects
2 Bourdon Street
London, W1K 3PA, UK
https://paradiserow.co

The term « cloud point » belongs to the vocabulary of fossil energies: a « cloud point extraction » turns solids into liquids, by temporarily modifying their temperature.

The artists presented in this exhibition belong to a generation for whom no material is « natural » anymore, humans being now present in every particle of the universe. Matter, in its totality, is both form and content, subject and object, nature and culture. In other words, there is no neutral « background » in today’s images, but streams and active forces.

The term « cloud point » belongs to the vocabulary of fossil energies: a « cloud point extraction » turns solids into liquids, by temporarily modifying their temperature.

The artists presented in this exhibition belong to a generation for whom no material is « natural » anymore, humans being now present in every particle of the universe. Matter, in its totality, is both form and content, subject and object, nature and culture. In other words, there is no neutral « background » in today’s images, but streams and active forces.

« Cloud point » gathers artists who don’t consider objects, products or masses in their work, but the atomic structure of our surroundings, and theirs. They are particularly interested at the in-betweens — processes of liquefaction, moments of coagulation, condensation points… The emergence of this « molecular gaze » in contemporary art also reflects in theory and politics.

Politics goes molecular, as Felix Guattari already stated in the 1970’s, talking about a necessary « molecular revolution ». We see how gas, oil, bacterias, viruses or chemicals become the new agents of History. Zygmunt Bauman analyzed postmodern capitalism as a process of liquefaction of our institutions. Today Karen Barad describes matter, at its molecular stage, as pure « queerness ». And according to Rosa Braidotti, « Capital seeks and reduces body fluids to merchandise: the sweat and cheap blood of the labor force available throughout the Third World; but also the fluids of the desire of First World consumers who reduce their existence to a commodity by transforming it into a hyper-saturated state of confusion. »

Cloud Point opens, at Paradise Row, a new cycle of exhibitions to come in several venues, showing how today’s artists explore the world from its cells, from its material composition.

Participating artists:
Nicolas Aguirre
Hicham Berrada
Marieke Bernard Berkel
Alice Channer
Pakui Hardware
My-Lan Hoang-Thuy
Zarah Landes
Estrid Lutz
Tala Madani
Pamela Rosenkranz