Opening on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 6 pm, in the presence of the artist
A Procession will go from the Reims Cathedral to the FRAC on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 11 am
Curator: Florence Derieux
Lara Schnitger’s visual language consists of sculpture, clothing and performance in a hybrid space, with references to politics, womanhood, feminism, sexuality, but also street fashion or graffiti. Her work explores the intersections between academic arts and crafts traditions as well as urban practices that involve music, fashion, theater, performance. Schnitger creates intense environments on the brink of collapse. In her free-standing volumetric forms, the artist applies a basic system of stretching an array of hosiery and fabrics over joined sticks of wood. The tensile force of the textile keeps the wooden framework firmly in place. A conversation between materials exists in the artist’s work, and it stimulates a relationship between membrane and structure, endowing the forms with human characteristics. It has been said that the instability of Schnitger's work comes from "its will to live, its wild over-extension and daring stance."
For her first solo exhibition in France, Lara Schnitger presents a series of new works specifically created for the show as well as recent productions, which constitute Suffragette City (2015), a provocative installation consisting of brightly colored tapestries, floating banners and freestanding sculptures composed of fabric and wood. Both a celebration of feminity and a brash political statement, the work plays with the language of radical feminist movements to address issues of gender, identity and sexuality. The installation will come to life as a public demonstration in the streets around Reims’ Cathedral, where participants will carry the installation’s sculptures, banners and ‘Slut Sticks’ to form a procession of artworks. By taking her work off the gallery walls and putting it in the hands of the public, Lara Schnitger playfully explores the line between art and protest. Lara Schnitger (born in 1969 in Haarlem, Netherlands ; lives and works in Los Angeles and Amsterdam) has recently had solo shows at Bonnefanten Newseum in Maastricht (Beating around the Bush Episode #2 and #4,2014) and at Sculpture Center in New York (Lara Schnitger: Two Masters and Her Vile Perfume, 2010). Her work has also been shown worldwide, at Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall (To be continued…, 2007), at Santa Monica Museum of Art (Follow Me: A Fantasy, 2005) and at UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (THING, New Sculpture from Los Angeles, 2005). Lara Schnitger has also participated in the Liverpool Biennale in 1999 and the Shanghai Biennale in 2002. Lara Schnitger is represented by Anton Kern Gallery in New York, Stuart Shave / Modern Art in London and Galerie Gebr Lehmann in Dresden and Berlin.
With Support of Mondriaan Fund.
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne would like to thank Delphine Quéreux-Sbaï and the staff at Médiathèque Jean Falala, in Reims, for their support in the organization of Lara Schnitger's procession.
Opening on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 6 pm, in the presence of the artist
Curator: Florence Derieux
To mark its re-opening, the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne will be presenting the very first solo show in France of the American artist Lisa Oppenheim. Her art praxis is situated directly in the tradition of conceptual photography, the artists of the “Pictures Generation”, and American structuralist cinema. She is interested, most particularly, in the history of photography and its pioneers, as well as the development of its techniques over time. Her works often involve a relation between the original photographic process of found photography and the process which the artist introduces in her use of this latter. A kind of photographic exhumation making it possible for past and present to inform each other.
Lisa Oppenheim’s photographs and videos are created from existing images and documents which she appropriates, re-works and transforms using different historical and contemporary techniques. Her work process often finds its source in the Internet, where she looks for images and objects which she photographically re-interprets by using both analog and digital technologies. Through this approach, with the process itself becoming the basic material, the artist offers new forms and new contexts to photographic images.
Over the past ten years, she has thus produced a body of works which explore the use of the image—historical, present-day, documentary…—in our contemporary societies, a method which might be described as an “archaeology of time and visual culture”. For her show at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, called Hereditary Language, Lisa Oppenheim will be presenting two works, specifically produced by the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne. The first one, Hereditary Language, is a film structured around an eponymous sound piece by Les Levine, in which children are talking about their anxieties about life, and the future. The second one is an ambitious photographic installation, echoing a series of paintings created by Ann Craven during her residency in Reims, in 2008, and presented in her monographic exhibition at the FRAC the same year. A set of works produced in collaboration with the Hamburger Kunstverein and the Grazer Kunstverein, as well as older works, will also be on view.
A first monograph devoted to her work, titled Works 2003–2013 and co-produced by the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, the Hamburger Kunstverein and the Grazer Kunstverein, has just been published by the Sternberg Press.
Lisa Oppenheim (born in 1975 in New York, where she lives and works) has recently had solo shows at the Hamburger Kunstverein (Forever is Composed of Nows, 2014), at the Grazer Kunstverein (From Abigail to Jacob (Works 2004–2014), 2014) and at the Göttingen Kunstverein (Everyone’s Camera, 2013). Her work has also been shown in many major exhibitions, including The New Photographyat The Museum of Modern Art and the ICP Triennial 2013 at the International Center of Photography, in New York, both in 2013. In 2015, she will take part in two important shows, one at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the other at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In October 2014, she was awarded two major international photographic prizes, the Aimia | AGO Photography, Ontario, Canada, and the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography, Jerusalem, Israel. Lisa Oppenheim is represented by The Approach gallery in London, Juliette Jongma Gallery in Amsterdam, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York.
With support from Champagne Pommery, Champagne Taittinger and Maison Fossier