South likes: Vanessa Safavi at The Breeder, Athens

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Vanessa Safavi, Intérieures, 2014, silicon,  sand and sea shells. Courtesy The Breeder, Athens / Monaco

South likes: Vanessa Safavi at The Breeder, Athens
La Nuit Liquide
The Breeder, Athens, Greece
8 March – 8 April, 2014

The new solo exhibition of Vanessa Safavi, which is now presented at The Breeder Gallery, underlies a visual metaphor of freudian psychology and surrealistic poetry. The artist reveals her sources already from the title of show, La nuit liquide, which is inspired by the poem of Michel Leiris Le pays de mes rêves VI (1925).
By trying to compose her personal metalanguage, which raises unconscious ideas, the artist refers metaphorically to the process, once scientific and ethnological, once poetic and philosophical. At the same time, the materials, the forms, and the pictures of her works reflect her own multicultural background and various references of recent art history.
At the first floor the series Intérieures is composed by organic and inorganic matter such as shells, sand and silicon sheets, which merge into floor-based sculptures in a horizontally displayed installation. The title Intérieures expresses the subconscious “depth”, both physical and mental, that emerges from water to the conscious surface of the works. The metaphor of the psyche as water or its specific variation, psyche as sea, which is often used by Freud in his Interpretation of Dreams, is combined again with the series Polyvalent Metaphorization that refers to femininity and the human body through the plasticity of silicon.
This symbolic journey through the inner world and through our natural instincts comes to a conclusion with the basement’s installation The Journey. The sexuality of the overflown female breasts is tied up with softness of the sculpture’s white fabric, recalling a bed and metonymically leading to the liquidity of the night.

Klea Charitou

http://thebreedersystem.com/exhibition-details/vanessa-safavi-solo/

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Vanessa Safavi, La Nuit Liquide, 2014, installation view at The Breeder, Athens. Courtesy The Breeder, Athens / Monaco

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Vanessa Safavi, La Nuit Liquide, 2014, installation view at The Breeder, Athens. Courtesy The Breeder, Athens / Monaco

 

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