Tania Mouraud at Ceysson & Bénétière

View of the “Flashback” exhibition, by Tania Mouraud, at Ceysson & Bénétière, in Paris, in October 2022.

It’s a “Flashback” that begins with a capital “ni”, black on a white wall, echoing the artist’s very first urban intervention, at the end of the 1970s: posters in the form of anonymous resistance, instead of advertising space in Paris. Tania Mouraud’s games with the walls and the limits of language have never ceased, notably in the form of bas-reliefs, like the word “art” hung here, which is materialized by its empty spaces in black varnished wood. Another decade, another facet of his work: the immersion through photography in the nights of the Palace, at the beginning of the 1980s. Not to document them or to romanticize them, but to capture their onirism. Silver photos reworked today by digital printing to give an almost engraving grain to the festive rustles. Another vocabulary outside of writing: French military decorations to which the artist, daughter of a resistance fighter, had given volume in the 1990s, transforming the ribbons into minimalist sculptures in pop colors to revisit the field of awards and operations.

“Flashback” by Tania Mouraud. Ceysson & Bénétière Gallery, 23, rue du Renard, Paris 4e. Until December 3. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ceyssonbenetiere.com

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