Curious collections and disquieting things
An exhibition of Macha Makeïeff
Entrer dans une maison pour être moins perdue.
La lumière, l’effroi, l’enfance, la rêverie,
embarquer les choses recueillies, faire un récit
fantaisiste. Et les petites filles imaginaires dans
cette maison auront tous les droits, les désirs
les plus romanesques.
– Macha Makeïeff
Do inanimate objects have a soul, a part of humanity locked inside them?
The primal terror or the familiar feeling of strangeness we sometimes experience upon encountering them unveil an unconscious part of us: the one we meet in our dreams.
That’s what Spoilsportis about. A reminder of our unconsciousand its malfunctions… In this installation conceived as the last part of a triptych, after her show Lewis versus Alice and her book Zone Céleste, Macha Makeïeff displays the words of her brother Georges. Like Lewis Caroll, Georges would invent stories featuring little girls trapped in imaginary worlds. His own wonderland had been built during an interrupted, stupefied childhood. In the hallways and rooms of the Maison Jean Vilar, their words echo each other in a concert of strange beasts, distended sounds, and reflecting mirrors. A stroll through sensations in a house haunted by benevolent objects salvaged from workshops and found forgotten in drawers, museum storerooms, and by the side of stages.