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The Ballad

Caroline Mesquita - The Ballad
The catalogue of the eponymous exhibition by Caroline Mesquita, published on the occasion of her Fondation Ricard Prize. The French artist works primarily with metal, creating sculptures and staged video with strong narratives.
Caroline Mesquita's sculptural practice intertwines the materiality of her altered, oxidized, and painted brass sheets with theatrical playfulness. Her metallurgic experiments result in life-size figures, interacting with each other in a mise-en-scène crafted from sculpted sheet metal and an environment of coated steel. For the exhibition “The Ballad”, Mesquita produced a series of twelve sculpted characters interacting and facing each other or the viewer, as their presence blurs the line between fiction and reality, humans and mannequins. It is a procession, a form of public celebration, a moment of communion, frozen in time and space.
Published following the eponymous exhibitions at Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, from January 24 to March 11, 2017, and at 221A, Vancouver, from April 4 to June 3, 2017.
Caroline Mesquita (born 1989 in Brest, lives and works in Marseille) is a sculptor and video artist, mainly working with metal. She creates sculptures like airplanes, spaceships and motorcycles, all journey in the direction of a radical imagination. Raw material provides the spark that animates her narrative engagement with notions of science fiction, religion, embodiment, transformation, sensuality, and sociability. Mesquita's works are darkened, patinated and roughly textured through an oxidation process. With this technique, Mesquita manipulates the metal like a form of painting. These material transformations provide a format for storytelling about the human experience and the directness of action and exchange in relationships. Either around or using her metallic creations, she also creates videos, sound environments and performance films in which she appears herself. Caroline Mesquita is the winner of the 2017 Prize of the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard.
Edited by Martha Kirszenbaum.
Text by Elise Lammer, interview with Caroline Mesquita by Martha Kirszenbaum .

Graphic design: Andrea Baccin.

Published with Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, and 221A, Vancouver.

published in November 2019
bilingual edition (English / French)
18 x 25 cm (softcover)
104 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-99776-20-6
EAN : 9788899776206
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