• MAY 28 to SEP 01
    Solo Exhibition
    Lorna Simpson


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAY 28 to SEP 01, 2013

    Event Location

    Jeu de Paume

    1, place de la Concorde

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    • Lorna Simpson


    For her first European retrospective, the Jeu de Paume presents thirty years of Lorna Simpson’s work. For this Afro-American artist, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1960, the synthesis between image and text is profound and intimate. If one were to consider Lorna Simpson as a writer, the textual element of her works could have an autonomous life as prose poems, very short stories or fragments of scripts. And yet, her texts are inseparable from her images; there is a dynamic between the two that is both fragile and energising, which links them unfailingly.

    Lorna Simpson became known in the 1980s and 90s for her photographs and films that shook up the conventions of gender, identity, culture and memory. Throughout her work, the artist tackles the complicated representation of the black body, using different media, while her texts add a significance that always remains open to the spectator’s imagination.

    In her recent work, Lorna Simpson has integrated archive images, which she reinvents by positioning herself in them as subject. As the artist underlines: “The theme I turn to most often is memory. But beyond this subject, the underlying thread is my relationship to text and ideas about representation.” (Lorna Simpson)

    This retrospective reveals the continuity in her conceptual and performative research. In her works linking photography and text, as well as in her video installations, she integrates – while continually shaking them up – the genres of fixed and moving images, using them to ask questions about identity, history, reality and fiction. She introduces complexity through her use of photography and film, in her exploitation of found objects, in the processes she develops to take on the challenges she sets herself and to spectators.

    The exhibition gathers her large format photo-texts of the mid 1980s, which brought her to the attention of the critics (Waterbearer, Suit, Memory Knots), her work in screenprints on felt panels since the 1990s (Wigs, The Bed, Staircase, Parts, Day Time, Curtain, Night Time…), a large group of drawings and watercolours carried out since 2005 (Barbara, Gold Head…), and also her “Photo Booths”, ensembles of found photos and drawings (Gather, Standstill…).

    The exhibition is also an opportunity to discover her video installations: multivalent narratives that question the way in which experience is created and perceived more or less falsely (Corridor, 2003; Cloudscape, 2004,…), among them, Playing Chess, a new video installation made especially for the occasion.

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