Jean-Marie Appriou

Surface Horizon

17 Jun – 05 Sep 2021
Lafayette Anticipations, Paris


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The Lafayette Anticipations Fondation has invited Jean-Marie Appriou and Marguerite Humeau to imagine an original project that extends from the facade and the interior courtyard to all the exhibition spaces. Inspired by the building's unique architecture, the two artists have created an odyssey in the form of a new kind of garden.

Through several scenes evoking catastrophe, renewal, truce, cosmic times or otherworldly places, the scenario of the exhibition Surface Horizon, imagined by Marguerite Humeau, takes the form of a walk in which the visitor encounters these evocative landscapes. Composed of plants, greenhouses, sculptures and the presence of a person gifted with "extrasensory" perceptions, this experience invites us to think about future worlds and to heal the present one.

The exhibition is inspired by the ground and all the visible and invisible interactions that run through it, as well as the potentials it holds. Drawing on the history of our relationship with the earth, the exhibition explores the contamination, depletion and burning of the earth caused by part of the human species. Against a territorial and exclusive vision, the artists perceive the earth as a place of exchange and interdependence. Surface Horizon is a fable, an opera, a science fiction composed of the two artists' mixed works.

The exhibition is a tribute to the "disappeared" of our physical and mental landscapes, those absent from our minds and our imaginations. How, at a time when the role of our humanity is to be reinvented, can we draw inspiration from these presences and praise the diversity of voices that make up our worlds? How, like the soil, can we become the humus of future life, the guarantee of the fertility of life, rather than its disappearance?

Surface Horizon proposes a hybridization between beings and sketches out a mythology of the present times, narratives nourished by sensibilities, attentions, and renewed dignities, reflecting on another world, perhaps still sleeping under our feet.