Hélène Janicot, a 5th year student, is the winner of a production grant from Rubis Mécénat in partnership with the church of Saint-Eustache and the Beaux-Arts de Paris. She exhibits a work in three stations installed in the heart of the church. Curated by Audrey Illouz.
Hélène Janicot's project for the church of Saint-Eustache is articulated around three stations. The first one opens the path and tests the force of attraction. The artist pushes an architectural motif emblematic of the Gothic church to the point of purity: the pillars that underlie the collateral and invite elevation. Hélène Janicot redraws the octagonal structure by means of metallic wires. A second station offers a completely different relationship of scale: a transparent slab reveals a hole. Reminiscent of an archaeological dig, the hole also refers to the beginning and the fall of bodies. In the Saint-Louis chapel, she proposes a last station and takes in the concrete the prints of her own kneeling body.
With this first in situ project, the artist approaches the very essence of the place through a series of refined but tense gestures, and invites us to a physical and sensitive experience that puts the body and the mind in motion.
Hélène Janicot - Carte Blanche from Rubis Mécénat on Vimeo.
© Hélène Janicot, Beaux-Arts de Paris, courtesy Rubis Mécénat, église Saint-Eustache, 2022. Vidéo : Alexander Murphy
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