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Laurent Grasso: Uraniborg

Jeu de Paume, May 2012


This exhibition catalogue, Uraniborg, accompanies the eponymous exhbition at the Jeu de Paume and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.Uraniborg featured videos, sculptures, paintings and drawings by Laurent Grasso that explore observation of the heavens, surveillance, “political ghosts” and deceptive beauty. It draws inspiration from Michel Foucault's notion of "de-individualized power" and highlights Grasso's interest in the uncertain dynamics of temporality, paranoia, ambiguity, belief, rationality, fiction and truth. In an architectural gesture that underscores these concepts in his work, Grasso transformed the space of the museum by constructing a long, windowed corridor that segments the space and dramatically alters the viewer's experience of the works. From inside the corridor, the viewer can see only glimpses of the works in the exhibition that they later are able to see fully. As such, the design of the exhibition itself plays with levels of visual access and perception, underscoring the central themes of the works on view. The exhibition includes texts by Marie Fraser, Helen Meisel, Sébastien Pluot, Mathilde Roman, a foreword by Paulette Gagnon and Marta Gili and an interview with Laurent Grasso Marta Gili.

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