• OCT 15 to JAN 26
    Solo Exhibition
    Natacha Nisic. Echo


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    OCT 15, 2013 to JAN 26, 2014

    Tuesday: 11am – 9pm Wednesday - Sunday: 11am – 7pm Closed Monday, including public holidays.

    Event Location

    Jeu de Paume

    1, place de la Concorde

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    • Natacha Nisic


    Echo” falls within the continuity of the Jeu de Paume’s programme about new narratives of the moving image (Valérie Mréjen, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Aernout Mik, Laurent Grasso...). In the work of Natacha Nisic (born in Grenoble in 1967), there is a constant search for the magic, invisible relationship between images, words, interpretation, symbol and ritual. Her work weaves links between stories, tales from past and present, to culminate in a project, usually a video or film, that reveals the complexity of the relationship between the shown and the hidden, the spoken and the unspoken. Pursuing her reflection on the process of the image, the visible and invisible, the document and narration, Nisic presents a dozen installations made since 1995, including three new pieces produced specifically for the exhibition.

    Awarded residencies at the Villa Kujoyama in 2001 and the Villa Médicis in 2007, Natacha Nisic has made numerous exhibitions and films that bring the question of the image into play. For this she uses different media: Super 8, 16 mm, video, photography and drawing. These fixed or moving images function as substrates of memory, memory torn between its value of proof and of loss, and are also stances on the status of images and the possibility of representation.

    Inviting the spectator to reread the sensory world through the resonance between intimate historic or mythological tales, the exhibition route begins with Catalogue de gestes, a vast project begun in 1994 which oscillates between cinema and fine art, where the gestures, uniquely of the hands, are filmed with a Super 8 film camera. The sequences, edited in a loop, show repeatedly the unrolling of a single, same gestures like as many “mute figures”.

    With Princess Snow Flower (2011), the artist sets off to meet a Korean shaman. This work shows a fragmented vision of contemporary Korea, where the heritage of different epochs meld, from the shamanic tradition to the aftermath of the Cold War: “If the world hesitates and resonates, then we are at the heart of that echo. We must accept its fragility and make use of doubt as the opportunity for a greater and sharper perception.” (Natacha Nisic)

    In e (2009), which means image in Japanese, the artist delivers the account of a voyage to the north of Japan, near Fukushima, in search of an inaccessible territory wiped out by the earthquake in June 2008. Natacha Nisic has substituted the images of the earthquake with those of its effect on the places and their inhabitants. For the exhibition, the artist, has made a sequel to this work, f (2013) : “Between the time of the first event in 2008 and the double catastrophe of the tsunami and the nuclear disaster, the possibilities of viewing and representation have changed profoundly; f is an expression of the limit, accompanied by drawings and photographs.

    In her new work, Geography and Play (2013), where the exhibition space becomes a virtual, invisible map of the world, the artist questions the links between our vision of the world through geopolitical schemas and the globalisation of ideas: “Visible and invisible works rub shoulders, occasionally meet, especially in a time of crisis, when we need to imagine a new representation of our models.” (Natacha Nisic)

    Natacha Nisic with Marta Gili.

    Exhibition produced by the Jeu de Paume, Paris

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