ISABELLE VICHERAT: Numen

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June 22, 2012

Degreed with a diploma of School of Fine arts of Paris in 2009 with a work of video installation and drawing, the french artist Isabelle develops a multidisciplinary practice (video, installation of object and video, drawing, etc.) which has been shown in France (Paris, Gallery La citerne, in Marseille) and also in Germany (Spielraum Gallery in Berlin), In Nigeria (the Alliance Française of Lagos), in China (the French institut of Beijing).

Coffee cup reading is a way to approach reality from another side.
It is an interesting reflection of human nature through its hopes, desires, and fears.
We can see archetypal codes and a strong symbolism in predictions, where connections with the language of the dream or the collective unconscious can be found.
It is also a necessary question to evoke an old ritual through a contemporary medium to open a dialogue between tradition and modernity.

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In her work Numen Isabelle Vicherat touches upon a specific instance when desires and hopes are generated for a particular person and then immediately consumed and rendered in an imaginary way, on the spot during a séance of ‘coffee cup reading’, a sort of domestic ritual well known in a wide geography from the Balkans to the Middle East. Revealing – as Isabelle Vicherat describes – ‘archetypal codes and a strong symbolism in predictions, where connections with the language of the dream or the collective unconscious can be found’ Numen also displays the mechanism of this specific real-time hope production and consumption, as well as articulates our common proclivity for taking this passive role of receiver and consumer of imposed hopes.

ECONOMY OF HOPE at 8th Gyumri International Biennial of Contemporary Art,  2012

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