Argentinian artist, Mika Rottenberg, comes to Palais de Tokyo, Paris for her second solo show in France. On display are a series of recent video installations as well as some of her earlier video installations that put her on the map, including NoNoseKnows (2015), Bowls Balls Souls Holes (2014), SEVEN (2011) and Squeeze (2010).

Mika Rottenberg's Exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Still, NoNoseKnows (Pearl Shop variant), 2015 – video and sculptural installation. Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York).

Mika Rottenberg’s work often features women, particularly women whose bodies and physical particularities have been displayed or ‘made available’ on the internet. These women’s bodies and their captivating stories become the inspiration for her video installations, which in turn act as a funnel to the universe of these women. For her exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, the bodies of her subjects seem to be fully mobilised while performing various actions on the assembly line. The end product is a series of installations seemingly, albeit humorously, made up of absurd or useless objects.

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Mika Rottenberg's Exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Still, NoNoseKnows (Pearl Shop variant), 2015 – video and sculptural installation. Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York).
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I want the spaces in the video to have a physical impact on the viewer. Once you enter a space that is a little awkward, you become more aware of where you are. You have a different relationship with what’s on the screen.” – Mika Rottenberg

Rottenberg’s method consists of creating an immersive environment for the viewer by combining video production and installations, drawings and sculptures. For her exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Rottenberg has created a series of sculptures to enhance the labyrinthic video installations. Throughout the gallery space, the two forms seem to continuously re-enact the quotidian: twitching of a ponytail or the sound of a water drop falling on a hotplate create an overwhelming sensory illusion that borders between reality and fantasy.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

Where: Palais de Tokyo, 13, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Dates: June 23 to September 11, 2016
Timings: Every day from Noon to Midnight. Closed on Tuesdays
Tariff: €10 (Full), €8 (Reduced)
More information: Visit Palais de Tokyo’s website

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