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A word from the Exhibition Curator

The art of Nathalie Talec (born 1960) constitutes a portrait of the artist as explorer, a self-portrait with or without storm microphone, with or without glasses for assessing distances in a cold land.
The exploration of the polar regions (discovery, surveying, mapping and survival techniques for extreme conditions) becomes a metaphor of art in its quest for the absolute and the elementary.
From her first imaginary or real expeditions to the Frozen North to the exploration of systems for representing the world – from the science of pop songs to sitcoms – Nathalie Talec is interested in halfway states, intermediate positions and zones of uncertainty.
Thus, what she is really probing in her combinations and agglomerations from various sources (the histories of science and art, personal anecdotes, etc.) is the fictionalisation of the real.

Ever since her first works made in 1979, the artist has been the central figure in this experiment with or experience of the world.

For Nathalie Talec the manifestations, narratives and mythologies of cold, but also its contrary, and steam and condensation, too, constitute tools for situating herself in the world, an instrument of analysis and subjective location, of metaphysical reflection.
Paradoxically, cold is a state with rich imaginary and symbolic connotations, yet at the same time it creates a sense of distance: it freezes and immobilises. The artist’s constant use of the feigned, the factitious, of artifice, simulacra and lip-synching, all partake of this twofold movement of immersion and withdrawal.

This first retrospective charts an artistic adventure that began thirty years ago. Neither chronological nor exhaustive, it brings together some thirty works (drawings, videos, photographs, sculptures, performances, projects) like so many fictional markers, initiators of narrative and decoys. It units vintage pieces, recreations and new works in a novel ensemble, a conception that is itself literally an artwork.

Frank Lamy
Exhibition Curator

The art of Nathalie Talec (born 1960) constitutes a portrait of the artist as explorer, a self-portrait with or without storm microphone, with or without glasses for assessing distances in a cold land.
The exploration of the polar regions (discovery, surveying, mapping and survival techniques for extreme conditions) becomes a metaphor of art in its quest for the absolute and the elementary.
From her first imaginary or real expeditions to the Frozen North to the exploration of systems for representing the world – from the science of pop songs to sitcoms – Nathalie Talec is interested in halfway states, intermediate positions and zones of uncertainty.
Thus, what she is really probing in her combinations and agglomerations from various sources (the histories of science and art, personal anecdotes, etc.) is the fictionalisation of the real.

Ever since her first works made in 1979, the artist has been the central figure in this experiment with or experience of the world.

For Nathalie Talec the manifestations, narratives and mythologies of cold, but also its contrary, and steam and condensation, too, constitute tools for situating herself in the world, an instrument of analysis and subjective location, of metaphysical reflection.
Paradoxically, cold is a state with rich imaginary and symbolic connotations, yet at the same time it creates a sense of distance: it freezes and immobilises. The artist’s constant use of the feigned, the factitious, of artifice, simulacra and lip-synching, all partake of this twofold movement of immersion and withdrawal.

This first retrospective charts an artistic adventure that began thirty years ago. Neither chronological nor exhaustive, it brings together some thirty works (drawings, videos, photographs, sculptures, performances, projects) like so many fictional markers, initiators of narrative and decoys. It units vintage pieces, recreations and new works in a novel ensemble, a conception that is itself literally an artwork.

Frank Lamy
Exhibition Curator

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