Opening October 4th 2013, 19h-20h30 140 boulevard Longchamp, 13001, Marseille 4 octobre - 4 novembre 2013 Open from 10 to 6pm Except on Monday
PRESS BULLETIN For the POC (Portes Ouvertes Consolat) festival, the MusĂŠe Grobet-LabadiĂŠ presents the personal exhibition of the visual artist and photographer artist Clara Feder.
Paul & Virginie Remix is the title of this journey that brings confrontation between the universe of Paul and Virginie and that of Marie Grobet, the museum founder. The exhibition is organized around the theme of the transmutation of Virginie, a fictional heroine of the 18th century, to Marie, a real person in the 19th century. This journey presents several stages mixing fiction and reality. On the ground floor, the spectator feels his perception fluctuate between real and imaginary. Surrounded by darkness, he is wrapped in a sound atmosphere inviting him to kneel in front of the altar dedicated to the metamorphosis. He travels through the Voyeur series: six photographs, creating disturbance between the one who looks and the one who is seen. The progress continues on the first floor where miniatures with texts and characters of Paul and Virginie are presented in the Louis XV bedroom between two 18th century displays. There is an unexpected and symbolic confrontation between two worlds three centuries apart from each other. On the second floor, the Death of Virginie, installation and photos, her resurrection, Le Baiser, video, and her Transmutation in Marie, installation and videos, are displayed in tree different rooms. Videos are projected on an old white sheets adding to the impression of unreality of the glass coffin and the strangely mummified character of Virginie.
This work is enriching and completing Clara Feder’s questioning about the eternal battle of women to get a position in society, and about the Virtue that they need to display in order to reach this goal, whilst remaining themselves. In the words of the artist, « In the 18th century, Virginie was dreaming to affirm herself by loving according to her choice and at the end of the 19th century, Marie got her house to be recognized by the city of Marseille. Both of them have had to fight to be accepted and their desire to exist. Whether it is fiction or reality, past or present, here or elsewhere, hardship remains. »
Clara Feder was born in Paris. She studied cinematography in the Film School of New York University and new technologies in Paris 8. She has lived in New York, Paris, Marseille and Aix-en-Provence where she now works. She has exhibited her art in Paris, London and Marseille. At the moment she is preparing her first world performance the Wall of Temptation, on the 15 and 16 of October 2013, for the conference Lift-France 2013, in the Villa Méditerranée, Marseille and Corpus/Itineris, personal photography exhibition in Edifor-Jean Briance gallery, for the photography festival of Saint Germain des Prés, Paris, from the 6th to the 24th of November 2013.
Contacts : Samantha@feder.me Tel 06 76 01 30 58 Alice@feder.me Tel 06 34 22 69 47 Clara Feder’s site : www.feder.me
Clara Feder, extrait de la vidéo « Paul & Virginie Remix », 2013