In this exhibition, Emmanuelle Michaux explores the sea. Her installation presents a mound of sand imbued with memory: poetic memories, fragments of sensations.
Faced with the block of eternity that is the sea, our lives are merely transitory. On the walls, the impossibility of depicting the sea, “ever renewing”, and forever elusive: prints on Japanese paper, Polaroids made vibrant with gold leaf, collages on postcards, paintings on canvas and bedsheet, all interwoven in infinite varieties of size and representations of a sea that eludes capture.
Echoing the installation, a two-minute twenty-second video in super-slow motion, entitled “It was worth the wait” (“Fallait pas rater ça”), drawing on a home movie made by the artist’s father. Slowly the camera pans from the sea towards the sand, in which the word “Fin” is traced, only to be immediately washed away by the waves. The video is presented as an “eternal return” looped sequence, with the background sounds of the projector and a conversation distorted by the slowing effect creating a sense of strangeness, at odds with the wonder generally associated with this type of setting.