Une deuxième image
March 19 – May 8, 2016
Maison des Arts de Malakoff
A group show curated by Anaël Pigeat and Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil
With : Laetitia Badaut Haussmann, Jérémie Bennequin, Raphaële Bezin, François Bianco,
Kyrill Charbonnel, Brice Dellsperger, Tim Eitel, Ken Gonzales-Day, Gianni Motti,
Fabrice Samyn, Alexandre Singh.
Jérémie Bennequin lives and works in Paris. For several years, his artistic work is to erase some literary masterpieces, starting with Marcel Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu, and Stéphane Mallarmé, Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard. This scriptoclastic practice regularly gives rise to conferences, artist books publications, exhibitions and performances in France (MAC/VAL, galerie du jour agnès b., Yvon Lambert, Palais de Tokyo…) and abroad (London, Berlin, Bruxelles, Tunis…).
Jérémie Bennequin has been erasing the work of Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time. As a self-imposed constraint Bennequin erases a page a day with an ink rubber. He is slowly and methodically working through the “White” edition of this work, which was published by Gallimard in a series of seven volumes. Once erased, the fragments of the deleted text are scanned and then republished. The re-printed ruined text includes scattered letters, solitary syllables, fragments of sometimes entirely legible words, glimpses of sentences and even scraps of thoughts. His work includes the erased pages, the shavings left over from the exhausted ink rubber and a manual of instructions, carefully detailing the correct approach to making a work like this.
Jérémie Bennequin will be in residence at La Petite Escalère for 3 weeks in September 2015.