musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux

Exhibition // 2016 //

13.10.2016 -> 30.10.2016


Paysage avec un grand Chêne au milieu

"I arrived from Mexico City on September 11th at CDG Airport. From there I took the train to Bordeaux. While I was waiting for the train, at some moment I was in front of a big four-wheel suitcase that was left alone in the path. That was for 30  seconds more or less. I experienced an anxious ans paranoid feeling that I had never felt before. I had never before seen an object. Of course it was the same object. The changes were inside of me. Then a woman came and took the suitcase and everything returned to normal. The suitcase was a safe object again. Poor suitcase. I never wanted to have this feeling for you. Even if I know some of the reasons why I felt this way I'm still surprised.
Then I came to Bordeaux. And at some point I realized that there are a lot of suitcases here. It's not just near the Gare Saint-Jean. They are everywhere. There are a lot different people using them. There are business people, tourists, homeless and local people using them also at the supermarket. The sound of the wheels ont the paving stone streets is really particular.
This is a piece that shows an empty container containing meanings questioning what we have inside each of us.

Ivan Krassoievitch Esquerra 


The art of Ivan Krassoievitch Esquerra revolves around daily life object and questions their evocative power as well as their ability to spark reactions and emotions. By staginig them, the artist frees these objects from their use value and looks through their meaning. For this installation entiled "Paysage avec un grand chêne au milieu" inspired by a painting of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux ( Jacob Van Ruysdael, 1669), Ivan Krassoievitch Esquerra chose to confront visitors with the display of a suitcase standing alone in semi-darkness. Random object of daily life, the suitcase here becomes ambiguous and threatening in that it is isolated and removed from any human presence. The purposely-dramatic lighting sets this "waiting suitcase" in an enigmatic dimension that contributes to an anxiety-provoking mythology. It reinforces the feeling of "the uncanny" created by the situation in order to better catch spectators' attention and bring them back to their own beliefs and myths. By giving the floor to objects Ivan Krassoievitch Esquerra appropriates Roland Barthes' quote: "Every object in the world can pass from a closed, silent existence to an oral state, open to appropriation by society (...)".

This installation is showcased int he framework of the France-Mexico international artist residency launched by L'Institut Français d'Amérique Latine (IFLA) in partnership with SOMA, Mexico City.

With the support oh EPA Bordeaux Euratlantique.    


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