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Indeterminacy has been defined by many artists and theorists as the vibrant heart of the “poetic act,” the stumbling block to “illumination.” 

© Joanna Piotrowska

“Nothing is more hostile to the concept of beauty than the desire to give the mind a determined form,” wrote Friedrich Schiller in the 18th century, while in the middle of the 19th century, Mallarmé called for an unstable poetic language with broken verses endowing words with a “vibratory suspension”…

This “aesthetic suspension,” this vibration born of indeterminacy, is the subject of an exhibition nicely entitled L’Irrésolue, bringing together photographs, videos, paintings, sculptures, and installations by six young artists who share “an appetite for mystery, secrecy, the uncertain, and the invisible, as well as the unspeakable.”  

© Leslie Thornton
© Distruktur- CAT EFFEKT

It is therefore in the almost nothing, the infinitesimal, that the game is played here: exploring this infra-thin space that separates the domestic gesture from the artistic gesture, in this interstice where dreams sometimes slip in, visions that can transform reality into a vast visual narrative, “they compose the weft of a non-linear, dotted or even suspended narrative, proposing a plural, open and changing reading.”

Through an opening in the wall that lets in a red light that can evoke both danger and desire, Camille Brée modifies our perception of space and draws our attention to an off-field that she reveals while concealing it.

© Nadia Belerique
© Joanna Piotrowska

We are free to project ourselves into this secret and inaccessible space… Another interstitial space, the one lying between the layers of paint that are endlessly polished and sanded to be covered again by Eléonore Cheneau. Metamorphosis and incompleteness are also discussed in Céline Vaché-Olivieri’s installation Seeing Double, composed of transformed cardboard boxes, placed in a transitory and uncertain state, “as if in mutation”…

As for Nadia Belerique’s miniaturized and choreographed daily life, it disturbs our perception of intimacy and suggests new narratives on the edge of fiction and reality.


Until 23 April

FRAC Ile-de-France – Le Plateau

22, rue des Alouettes, Paris XIXe

Stéphanie Dulout