Ball change, Paris (France), Galerie Mathias Coullaud

2017 May 20 - July 22

Solo show.
Curator: Mathias Coullaud.

It’s all about emotions…?

Recollections, my recollections…?

Memory, our memory, is in part autobiographical, with the past immanent in the present…
Laurent Fiévet evokes this essential, fictional maelstrom in Ball change, the exhibition dedicated to his work at the Gallery Mathias Coullaud, May 20 to July 22, 2017. The exhibition brings together 4 different installations and video montages – Disclocated, Cancan, Hollywood & Wool Stockings.


First, by evoking that now universal golden age of cinema, the Hollywood musical, in all it has to offer by way of all-in-one shows, with all their magic, invention and manic perfection, along with their mythical, mythological heroes… Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein… a sort of txt_quote_double_opencandy memorialtxt_quote_double_close that we’ve passed down from our parents and our grandparents – as a legacy. It is also a txt_quote_double_openhysterisationtxt_quote_double_close, one of narration and rhythm, of tempo…of memory and bodies verging on madness, which Laurent Fiévet conjures up in Cancan – a reference to Jean Renoir and French musical dance cinema.?

Also through music and body, those essential pillars of a genre that Laurent Fiévet relishes modifying, twisting and transforming; with editing and visual deformation as his weapons. It is like the vibration of a memory, but updated, contemporary, stronger, more present and slyer yet, which through its comforting softness ends up intruding and provoking an internal imbalance, almost a malaise…

An unreal perfection unfolds before our eyes and our ears, with dance as the cathartic vector – all is false, all is perfect. Laurent Fiévet rewrites history, devises a new choreography, that of images, of our memories and emotions.

When all is said and done, it is an invitation to pleasure and to dance, and of course to savour this cinema, but also to a militant act, a call to vigilance, a call to us as viewers to question our intellectual comforts, even our most pleasant and gentle certainties. We must never let our guard down!
Mathias Coullaud, April 2017

Opening on May 20, from 2 PM to 7 PM.
Galerie Mathias Coullaud
12, rue de Picardie
75003 Paris
Tu – Sat : 1 PM – 7 PM and on appointments.
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