Marie Ouazzani & Nicolas Carrier, Cité palmiers 025, 2021

Framed instant photos, 44 × 61 cm

Produced by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Galerie C, and La Galerie, centre d’art contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec

Courtesy of the artists

© Adagp, Paris, 2023

Marie Ouazzani & Nicolas Carrier

Sol fictions

4 Feb. — 27 May 2023

  • Curating:Marc Bembekoff
  • Opening:3 Feb. 2023

In their work, Marie Ouazzani & Nicolas Carrier (born in 1991 and 1981, respectively, live and work in Paris) survey the urban wastelands of, among other things, major metropolitan developments, infusing plants with evocative names and creating climatic fictions. Shifting between weariness, hope, and irony, the artistic duo are witness to the escalating environmental crisis and potential new interspecies collaborations.  


Employing various formats, the exhibition Sol fictions presents spaces that are at once “haunted by pollution”, refuges of silent plant species, and vestiges of urban utopias created by the architects and town planners of the 1960s and 1970s. In late summer 2022, Marie Ouazzani & Nicolas Carrier filmed a fiction in several places in the north-east of Paris: Noisy-le-Sec (municipal greenhouses, wastelands in the Merlan area), Bobigny (La Prairie du Canal) and an underground farm in the capital’s 18th arrondissement. Shown in La Galerie alongside photographs, maps and installations, the film tells the story of the ground, the surface on which species – human, vegetable, animal – survive, propagate, help each other and sometimes fall. In the indeterminate temporality of this panorama, we are able to fathom the impact of climate change on the bodies and the capacity of living beings to resist. In the image, perhaps, Tradescantia pallida – commonly known as purple heart – which invades this exhibition and whose ability to acclimatise to environments under stress suggests new ways of living on the Earth.

AROUND THE EXHIBITION

Saturday 25 March 2023, 5pm

Screening of artist’s videos presented by Marie Ouazzani & Nicolas Carrier with Vincent Ceraudo, Anne-Charlotte Finel, Paul Heintz and Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza

 

Friday 14 April 2023, 5:30pm – 9pm 

5:30pm – 7pm: visit of the exhibition

7pm : conference on the relationship between artistic practice and science fiction culture by Alexandra Muller, curator

Micro-Folie de Noisy-le-Sec 

53 rue de Merlan

F-93130 Noisy-le-Sec

+33 (0)1 49 42 67 19

 

Saturday 22 April 2023, 2pm – 6pm 

Guided tour of the exhibition part of RandoTram

 

In partnership with TRAM, réseau art contemporain Paris / Île-de-France
+33 (0)1 53 34 64 43 / Reservation: tram-idf.fr/parcours / Information: taxitram@tram-idf.fr

 

Saturday 27 May 2023, 16pm

Dj set by Beau Travail and distribution of purple heart plants

Creative Saturdays (6-12 years)

Each Saturday, 2:30pm  4pm (except for school holidays) 

Free workshops, registration required

 

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Saturdays 4 and 11 February: « L’art en blog », writing workshop

Saturday 27 May: with your parents around a snack

 

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