‘HORS-SOL’ (Above Ground) is an exhibition presented by the Mayor of the 20th arrondissement and Art Azoï featuring large installations by street artist RERO at the Pavillion Carré de Baudouin in Paris.
Hors-Sol is a ‘crop in a rooted environment that is not a natural soil, but a reconstituted and isolated environment from the ground, a neutral and inert substrate”.
This exhibition questions our relationship to nature and its place in our urban existence, this is an ambitious and exciting exercise proposed by Rero, through a contextual work, animated by constant reflection on our lifestyles.
This exhibition allows the artist to look into the notion of “GROWTH ABOVE THE GROUND” within the city. It implements this concept in the rural urban world to better define its contours and break them.
Like the contemporary artists who live in intense connection with their environment and their time and urbanity, RERO chooses to explore a “growth process”, operating a translation leading to a reflection on a “cultural concept.”
Performed in situ the works on display in the facilities are a continuation of his constant research on the barriers that nature gives us and our relationship with it.
The audience is invited to walk into this immersive artistic installation to discover a critical yet poetic space to weigh nowadays questions and to respond to the urgency of that rumor.
The show is visible at pavillon Carré de Baudouin, in Paris until 5th September
Address: 121 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris / Metro: Gambetta
Untitled (TOUS DEUX EN EUX MEMES…)
This suspended installation is an open book based on the mechanisms of hydroponics plantations and more specifically in an installation above ground, developed by Pierre Rabhi a pioneer in environmental agriculture and philosopher.
As you continue to visit the exhibition the audience is invited to see photos of RERO’s in situ works mostly in France, except the ESCAPE piece that was made in California and SUPERVISED INDEPENDENCE in Rome.
Untitled (IN THE MIDDLE OF OTHERS…)
The installation, made of words from Clarice Lispector printed on tracing paper, is inspired by a sentence taken from her book dated from the 70s.
Here RERO offers a dialog between the poetry and melancholy of those words and the teared pieces of paper on the floor that read ‘POSSUNT NEC POSSE VIDENTUR’ (literally: They did what it seemed they could not).
“My soul has the weight of light.
The weight of the music.
Has the word weight never said ,
perhaps about to be said .
The weight of a memory.
It has the weight of a longing.
The weight of a look.
Weighs weighs as an absence.
And the tear that not wept.
It has the immaterial weight of loneliness in the midst of others. ” Clarice Lispector
This environmental and immersive installation combines both indoor and outdoor elements, mirrors and volcanic rock to be precise.
The artist invites the public to walk in inside this open space on a guided path that reminds us of a walk in the nature. A deep dive in the heart of mineral asoect through our own pictures, found on the ground between the reflection of the text and those of our silhouettes.