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MIKE KELLEY

ECTOPLASM PHOTOGRAPH 13 (1978-2009)

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France-Paris

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© Mike Kelley

What is this sprawling face emerging from the darkness photographed by Mike Kelley in a series of fifteen chromogenic prints entitled Ectoplasm Photograph? A face in trance, exuding a cottony substance – ectoplasmic – from its orifices; that of the artist himself, transformed into a spiritual medium. Inspired by the spiritualist photography of the late 19th century, this image of formlessness testifies to a supernatural conception of the artist as a seer capable of communicating with the beyond. Occult rituals interest me because they are akin to artistic creation, said the American artist who died in 2012, to whom the Bourse de Commerce, in association with London’s Tate Modern, Düsseldorf’s Kunstsammlung and Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, is devoting a retrospective entitled Ghost and Spirit as part of its new American Mythology season

Stéphanie Dulout

“MIKE KELLEY, Ghost and Spirit”

October 13, 2023 – February 19, 2024

Bourse de commerce – Pinault collection