March 18 — June 15, 2022
Artist : Chourouk Hriech
Curator: Jérôme Sans
The exhibition I See a Bird / Je vois un oiseau is the scene of multiple narratives, a succession of “drawn voyages,” where changing landscapes, real or fictional, blend into each other. Connected in a fluid and borderless environment, birds are our guides here. Free and autonomous, they embody the problems of lines, trajectories, energy (“creative wings”), the ways of the world, and landscapes, which all permeate the work of Chourouk Hriech. Taking inspiration from the behavior of migratory birds, the artist explores them as witnesses to our own relationship with the environment, and as indicators of the ecological crisis, especially the extinction of certain species.
For the Drawing Lab, Chourouk Hriech unfurls a metaphorical locality that links Bangkok to Casablanca and Tokyo to Marseille, a city-world whose main inhabitants are birds. The artist's kaleidoscopic images mix and collide in the exhibition space that is entirely taken over by black-and-white drawings on paper of various sizes as well as on an entire wall, and in immersive installations and videos. This abundant path encourages reverie and exploration, as well as a bodily and intellectual experience of the venue’s physical space, transformed into a "new environment". The animal, including human, and plant kingdoms meld into strata of cities and nature.
Thought as an echo to the dramas happening in skies, forests, swamps and ponds, on grasslands, and in cities, this exhibition invites visitors to walk through life-size fables made of combined and co-existing forms, cultures, and periods, that yet remain engaged with reality.
Curator of the exhibition
Chourouk Hriech, L'archère, 2020, digital photography, variable © dimensions Courtesy from the Anne-Sarah Bénichou gallery / Adagp 2022
The artist/curator duo
Born in 1977, Chourouk Hriech graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 2002.
She has participated in many exhibitions such as the Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse, the 8th Shanghai Biennale, Regional Art Center of Contemporary Art in Sète. She has also exhibited at MAMCO in Geneva, the 3rd Marrakech Biennale, the Circullo Bellas Artes Museum in Madrid, the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, the Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille, the Es Baluers Museum in Palma de Mallorca, the Cantini Museum in Marseille, the MACVAL in Vitry sur Seine, at the MAC Lyon, at the Thalie Foundation in Brussels ... She has carried out numerous public and private commissions, for 1 immeuble 1 œuvre (Emerige Group) or the Voyage à Nantes, to name but a few.
Portrait of Chourouk Hriech © Valentin Le Cron / Say Who
Curator, artistic director and director of institutions, Jérôme Sans is internationally recognized for his pioneering and transversal approach to cultural institution and exhibition, continually challenging established norms to further connect life to creation. He is the co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, which he directed for the first six years, before being the director of the Ullens Cen- ter for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing from 2008 to 2012. In addition to his publications, he was creative director and editor-in-chief of the French cultural magazine L'Officiel Art. He is the curator of numerous international exhibitions, since the Taipei Biennale (2000), the Lyon Biennale (2005), and recently monographic exhibitions of Li Qing at the Prada Rong Zhai Foundation in Shanghai (2019), Pascale Marthine Tayou at the Clément Foundation in Martinique (2019), Erwin Wurm at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2020) ... He is also involved as artistic director in several important urban development projects and in the design of new contemporary cultural institutions around the world.
Portrait of Jérôme Sans © Sam Samore, Paris