musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


18.09.2020 -> 23.05.2021

Samara Scott

The Doldrums (Exhibition temporarily closed)

Owing to the current sanitary situation and the temporary closure of the CAPC, Samara Scott's exhibition, due to be presented in the museum's nave from 16 April 2020 to 1 January 2021, has been postponed until Friday 18 September 2020 to 23 May 2021.



For her first major project this side of the Channel, Samara Scott (b. 1985, London) takes over the great nave of the CAPC, installing a huge artificial ceiling composed of beached debris. The public is invited to walk around and under it, to experience the dual identity of this large-scale alchemical collage, both digital and material, attractive and repulsive.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011, Samara Scott has developed a practice fuelled by the context of hyper-consumerism. This has resulted in poisonously coloured installations made through ‘hijacking’ manufactured objects and organic or chemical by-products of mass production. Before each exhibition, she experiments extensively with the resistance and aesthetic performance of the large array of materials that make up her artworks, such as sponges, toilet paper, nail polish, lettuce leaves, fabric softener, cigarette ash, toothpaste, candles, tights, and tin foil.

At the CAPC the artist has suspended an opaque veil, which divides the central space of the art museum horizontally, creating a fluid 10,000 square-foot canopy over the impressive nave at mezzanine level. On this plane Scott has created a vast ‘pictorial’, multimedia composition using plastics, textiles, fluids, and scrap, as well as substances like coffee, cotton and spices, which hark back to the historical use of the CAPC building as a warehouse for colonial goods in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The installation can be experienced both from above and from below, offering visitors two very different perspectives on the same work. From underneath, the work is smooth and can only be seen as a flush image: an iridescent sky, which seems to successively float, shiver, and ripple as you walk beneath it; or a shimmering sea, under which one is submerged and experiences filtering rays of sunlight while rising to the surface. From the mezzanines, it recasts itself and unveils the waste objects that make up this blasted landscape of the twenty-first century, fully embracing its ‘toxic positivity’. Nothing here seems to separate material culture from the digital world, nor the sublime from the sordid. 


Events Programme
Samara Scott’s aerial installation offers a floor area at the scale of the nave that the artist sees as a space for sharing and conviviality. A series of events, designed and produced in collaboration with the artist, will be hosted during the duration of the CAPC exhibitionCatwalk, with a runway show of her fashion label, Dirty Weekend with the Dirty Art Foundation of Amsterdam in collaboration with the EBABX – École supérieure des Beaux-Arts de BordeauX and a Giant Yoga.

Within the framework of the exhibition, CAPC has also given Samara Scott carte blanche to curate a programme of screenings of videos and films by various artists whose work she feels echoes her own. The screenings will take place in the Galerie Arnozan on the second floor of the museum.

Samara Scott’s exhibition will see the publication of a catalogue, as part of the series of books that the CAPC has devoted since 2017 to the nave’s site-specific projects. The publication brings together various perspectives on the installation and an interview with the artist conducted by the curator of the exhibition, Alice Motard.

Samara Scott (b. 1985 in London) lives and works in Dover. After completing a Bachelor's degree at Camberwell College of Art in 2008, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011. Selected solo shows include Belt and Road, Tramway, Glasgow (2018); Jacobs Creek, The Sunday Painter, Offsite / Four Six One Nine, Los Angeles; Developer, Pumphouse & Battersea Park, London (both 2016); Silks, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2015). Selected group shows include The Happy Fact, La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Day Tripper, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (both 2019); Voyage, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo (2017–8); Days are Dogs, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Entangled, Turner Contemporary, Margate (both 2017); I am a Painting, Kumu Museum, Tallinn (2014).
She is represented by The Sunday Painter, London.

Curator: Alice Motard


With the support of Fluxus Art Projects, a Franco-British programme for contemporary art supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the Institut français and the British Council.



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