musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux

Exhibition // As part of Samara Scott's exhibition "The Doldrums" //

18.09.2020 -> 23.05.2021

Cosa mentale

Samara Scott invites Cory John Scozzari (Exhibition temporarily closed)

Cosa mentale offers artists, curators and other personalities who take part in the CAPC’s programme a platform beyond the exhibition where they can share their thoughts, expand on their research, specify their sources, present the work of colleagues or position their work in the wider historical context. The space devoted to these cartes blanches will accommodate large-scale mood boards, as used by many artists in their studio practice to mature their thoughts and visualise their ideas and projects.

For the first Cosa mentale, Samara Scott has invited artist and curator Cory John Scozzari.



Mere Skyn

‘A snowstorm in a glass globe dropped by a child. The red water in the globe splashes over the white sheets on his bed.’
– Derek Jarman, Chroma

Mere Skyn is a selection of works by eighteen artists and artist collectives made in relation to Samara Scott’s installation The Doldrums in the main nave. Spanning video, photography, slide projection, sculpture, installation and sound, it connects with the British artist’s work, while diverging from it in both form and subject matter.

Scott’s monumental piece makes visible the swirling maelstrom of shipwrecked waste and decaying consumer goods we find ourselves floating in. The works in Mere Skyn, individually and as a group, extend, complicate and contradict the artist’s proposition by highlighting both the vibrant power and disrepair of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, questioning globalisation and exposing the churning materiality of global trade or recounting histories of colonisation.

Conceived as a continuously changing score, Mere Skyn contains moments of collision, instances of overlap, and points of stillness. It breathes, moves and spins, contrasting with the wordless, almost photographic fixity of the landscape in the nave. The plurality of artists and works it presents counters and expands the singular vision and formal continuity of Scott’s personal exhibition.


With works by: Hannah Black, Pin Hui Chen, John Divola, Miguel Fernández de Castro, Pedro Herrero Ferrán, Hydrarchy, Siera Hyte, Jokkoo, Nancy Lupo, Mario Merz, Moro, Lydia Ourahmane, Berry Patten, Victor Ruìz Colomer, Rosemarie Trockel, Mona Varichon, Jala Wahid, Dominique White.


Curator: Cory John Scozzari.


Artist and curator, Cory John Scozzari (b. 1988 in Florida) is director of Cordova, a curatorial project initiated in Vienna in 2016 and relocated to Barcelona in 2018. From 2015 to 2019, he worked as curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in Vienna, Prague and Madrid. He is also a founding member of the non-profit project space Jupiter Woods (London and Vienna), which he co-directed from 2014 to 2016. He obtained a BFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia (United States) in 2010 and an MFA in curating from Goldsmiths College in London (2015).


-> Galerie Arnozan, 2nd floor
-> Disabled access
-> Price: 7€ ; 4€ (reduced rate)

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