26.06 – 26.09.2021
After a first appearance at the Collection Lambert during the 2020 edition of the Festival Viva Villa! Mimosa Echard returns to Avignon in the summer of 2021 for a solo show. She will take over the 600 square metres of the first floor of the Hotel de Montfaucon for a brand-new site-specific installation.
Sheep skin, cherry stones, glass beads, sequins, chestnut flowers, Clitoria ternateaflowers, newspaper cuttings, synthetic scarf, lycra, lacquer, acrylic, gloss – the elements that make up the artworks of Mimosa Echard mingle and rub together, absorb and dissolve each other, fight, live and die in a single suspended instant; in such a way that the compositions imagined by the artist seem to appear in just one of their possible states, as if captured in transition. These associations of materials, substances, or potions extracted from worlds that time and space seemed to have separated definitively in our minds, resonate with the Statementby Lawrence Weiner that greets the visitor in the courtyard of the Hotel de Caumont – LEAD TIN AND MERCURY ROASTED TILL READY.
At the sight of these works, we start to feel a strange desire for this sophisticated entertainmentwhere the organic, the artificial and the wild intertwine with one another in hybrid and troubling forms, where we are offered a vision of the world that is as terrifying as it is elegant.
Witchcraft, New Age syncretism, DIY punk, and cyber-resistance also feed into these deeply embedded narratives that reveal an almost erotic obsession for the catastrophe brought about by the air-conditioned nightmare and establish themselves with unheard jubilation as the mythical and real contestations of the space that we live in.
Mimosa Echard (born 1986) graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Art Décoratifs in Paris in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious international institutions: the ACCA – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2020); the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2019); Dortmunder Kunstverein (2019); Platform-L Contemporary Art Centre, Seoul (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019, 2017); Cell Project Space Gallery, London (2017). Her work is held in the collections of the CNAP, the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, the Fondation Vuitton, the Galeries Lafayette Corporate Foundation, the Samdani Art Foundation, the Ettore Fico Foundation, the IAC Villeurbanne/ Rhône-Alpes, the FRAC Corse, and the FRAC Ile-de-France, amongst others. She was part of a residency program at the Villa Kujoyama in 2019.
She lives and works in Paris.
With the support of the Galerie Chantal Crousel