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What does it mean to be human and how might we rethink our condition?

In five video installations and a series of sculptures, for her first large-scale exhibition in France, Rachel Rose explores our relationship to landscape, storytelling, childhood and spirituality, and through these subjects enquires into how we exist within the world.

In her video work, Rachel Rose experiments with a wide range of filmic techniques, from video collages to, most recently, narrative filmmaking. Irrespective of these different approaches, the artist has developed a consistent method of projection and installation to immerse and affect the viewer, thus transforming the whole Fondation Lafayette Anticipations into a physical and psychological experience.

From folklore in 17th century agrarian England in “Wil-o-Wisp” (2018) to the possible futures put forward by contemporary sciences in “Sitting Feeding Sleeping” (2013), the artist considers our conceptions of impermanence. Works such as “Lake Valley” (2016) and “Everything and More” (2015) imagine alternate sensory experiences – from abandonment in children’s stories to zero gravity – that contribute to our understanding of what it means to be human.

Alongside her moving image works, a new series of sculptural objects made from glass and minerals prolongs the artist’s questioning of the relationship between animate and inanimate, human and post-human, at a time of radical environmental and spiritual upheaval.

The exhibition’s themes will be explored further and expanded through a programme of public events.

This exhibition is adapted from Rachel Rose’s solo show currently presented at the Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany (25 October – 12 January).

Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette

9, rue du Plâtre

75004 Paris



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