The Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouvé tackles the uncertain boundaries of fiction and reality, the mental and the physical, and explores notions of time, space and memory. She produces sculptures, drawings, and installations, many of which incorporate architectural interventions. One of her most well known pieces is the expansive project titled Bureau d’Activités Implicites (or Bureau of Implicit Activities) that was produced over the course of ten years starting in 1997. This piece that took the form of an improvised office environment served as a repository and archive of work that she was making, or planning to make, as a then-unknown artist.
Trouvé has been constructing maquettes or doll houses which emerge from the universe of “implicit activities”, which comprise her series Polders. These maquettes take the form of deserted workplaces, recording studios or unoccupied desks. They represent that which has always been there, waiting to be recuperated or re-organised. Placed on the ground or fixed to the wall, these elements adapt themselves to the physical exhibition space, and at the same time they suggest the existence of a different space or environment. They can exist in the corner of a space, in the center of a space, or against a wall.
Pieces of metal, stones, chairs, glass, water and earth, Tatiana Trouvé uses everyday materials to fashion surprising constructions that channel memories, history and poetry. Her installations do not contain direct symbolic allusions, but attract visitors to their concrete, physical presence, infused with spectres and imaginings.
Tatiana Trouvé (Cosenza, 1968) has exhibited in institutions like the Kunsthaus Graz, (2010), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2009) and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008). She has taken part in the São Paulo Biennale (2010) and the Venice Biennale (2007). The Museion show is her first solo exhibition in an Italian museum.
Curated by Letizia Ragaglia.
The exhibition is in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Bonn (30.01. — 04.05.2014) and Kunsthalle Nürnberg (13.11.2014 — 8. 02.2015).