Abdelkader Benchamma

Rayon fossile

29 October 2021 – 20 February 2022

 “Only that which was at first able to conceal itself appears”

Georges Didi-Huberman, Phasmes. Essais sur l’apparition, 1998

The Collection Lambert has invited Abdelkader Benchamma to take over the entire ground floor of the Hotel de Montfaucon for the autumn of 2021. Under the title of Rayon fossile the exhibition takes form around an initiatory trip into possible, past, imaginary, future, written, or dreamt worlds, assembled as a narrative slowly unfolding through the museum’s rooms. We explore them as Virgil in Hermann Broch’s hallucinatory tale, where water, fire, earth, and ether tell of the arrival, the descent, the wait, the return – rather as they articulate the ceiling that the artist has recently inaugurated in the historic centre of Montpellier, also medieval, where he has set up his studio.