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Frédérique Nalbandian. Hygie and Panacea

45 min visit

Nice
Galerie Eva Vautier
8 May → 21 Aug 2021
From Wednesday to Saturday 2 pm to 7 pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday & Sunday.

« Marble, concrete or cement? Touch it to find out!  »

Frédérique Nalbandian's ancient soap sculptures invade the Eva Vautier gallery, giving it the appearance of a Greek temple. A temple that is not so sacred because the artist invites and incites us to touch these works, with wet hands beforehand. Like a profane ceremony in a place of worship, this gesture is not insignificant. For these are representations of the goddesses Hygie and Panacea, symbols of health and universal remedy respectively. A meaningful message in these pandemic times and a complete sensory experience that allows the viewer to contribute to the artistic process. Don't worry, the works don't deteriorate! Soap is a more solid material than you might think. You have to rub it, rub it, grab it with your hand for its shape to change. In fact, this is how Frédérique Nalbandian proceeds to engrave, sculpt and model her works. She works with soap in all its states thanks to the action of water on it: solid, liquid, foam, effervescence, drips... In any case, she gives poetic forms to soap, whose transformation evokes the passage of time, erosion and metamorphosis.

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