ART CONVERSATIONS – Latifa Echakhch / Palazzo Grassi

NERO is pleased to announce a new series of ART CONVERSATIONS that will be streamed live on our website in collaboration with Palazzo Grassi. The meetings will take place between artists of the Pinault Collection in conversation with art critics and curators.  The first of the three meetings will take place at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi this Wednesday, October 29th at 6:00pm with French artist, Latifa Echakhch (El Khnansa, Morocco, 1974), present in the group exhibition curated by Caroline Bourgeois, The illusion of Light, in conversation with Alessandro Rabottini, art critic and curator of the GAMeC of Bergamo.

The following meeting will be held with American artist Wade Guyton (Atlanta, GA USA, 1972), protagonist of the Cubo di Tadao Ando at Punta della Dogana, in conversation with Fabrice Stroun, curator and director of the Kunsthalle Bern, on Thursday, November 20th at 6:00pm; and lastly, David Claerbout (Kortriyk, Belgium, 1969) will meet the public for an open conversation with Philippe-Alain Michaud and Thierry Davila on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00pm.

The first conversation will be streamed live exclusively on NERO’s website on Wednesday, October 29th at 6:00pm at the following link.

Latifa Echakhch born in El Khnansa (Morocco, 1974) and raised in France, lives and works in Martigny, Switzerland. Her artistic practice is characterized by the socio-political and cultural survey carried out through the use of diverse techniques. Latifa Echakhch examines objects full of symbolic meaning out of context, immersing them into a space that invites the viewer to an active reading.

In the exhibition The Illusion of Light at Palazzo Grassi, two of her works are presented in an entirely dedicated room.

Her work often speaks of resistance or political reluctance  and – far from authoritarian action – create an area of freedom and experimentation, made possible by the work of art itself. Through a reflection on the Arab Spring, the artist demonstrates to the viewer the difficulty of “making” history and reminds us that the European democracies were born decades or centuries after the first revolutions.

“À chaque stencil une révolution” is a piece already presented on some occasions – in 2013 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles – and is able to take on a different meaning depending on the history, collective memory and current policy of the city in which it is exhibited. The installation consists of sheets of carbon paper, used for the dissemination of ideas during the protests of the sixties and seventies, which adapt to the walls of the room in which they are installed: the dripping colors of the political leaflets  do not propose to direct a reading of the present or the past, but ensure that every viewer can project  their own claims.

The second work on display is “Fantôme (Jasmine),” an installation linked to the memory of an image:  a jasmine street vendor in Beirut that in order to protect the aroma and freshness of the flowers covers them with a shirt. This prosaic and ethereal scene, sublime symbol of resistance to the traffic of the city, took place a few months before the popular uprisings in Egypt announced a period of terror. Similarly in “Fantôme (Jasmine)” we see the jasmine wither and then flourish during the course of the same show.


Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi – Campo San Samuele, Venezia
Wednesday 29 October 2014 at 6:00pm

Next Meetings:
Thursday 20 November at 6:00pm
Thursday 11 December at 6:00pm