In Mimosa Echard's artistic practice, elements from pop culture and from the world of the living are brought together, thus composing vibrant, sensual assemblies. Through her vast compositions, the artist explores contaminations' zones between organic objects and heteroclite commodities, creating fluid ecosystems. For her exhibition "Sporal" at the Palais de Tokyo, Mimosa Echard has collaboratively conceived a video game inspired from the life cycle of myxomycetes, which invites to explore the cavities of a perpetually transforming organism. To the rhythm of a pop-experimental soundtrack, the projection of a walk inside the game spreads on a patchwork with psychedelic patterns. The dreamlike environment, which is deployed, punctuated by latency periods, generates a metamorphic and surreal universe, in which, set in the same momentum, the artist rethinks the connections between sexuality and reproduction.
This book includes a visual contribution by Mimosa Echard, a rich iconography with views of her solo show at the Palais de Tokyo, an essay by Pip Wallis and an interview between Mimosa Echard and Daria de Beauvais, curator of the exhibition.
Published on the occasion of Mimosa Echard's solo exhibition “Sporal ” at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from April to September 2022.
Published in cooperation with Les presses du réel, this series of monographic books accompanies the Palais de Tokyo's exhibition program. Richly illustrated, with many views of the exhibition, accessible to all, each book will offer the reader an extended experience of the encounter with the artists' work. The artists' words will appear alongside original contributions by theoreticians, art critics, and curators, providing the reader with a deeper understanding of each artist's background and of the genesis of their project for the Palais de Tokyo. These books will allow the reader to follow the evolution of the artists' reflection on their work. Reproductions of artworks, preparatory documents, visual references, and studio views will bear witness to each step in the artist's process and accompany interviews and essays.
Pip Wallis is Curator, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne).
Daria de Beauvais is Senior Curator at the Palais de Tokyo. She is the curator of Mimosa Echard's exhibition "Sporal."
Mimosa Echard (born 1986 in Alès, France, lives and works in Paris) is graduated from the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. Her practice covers a wide range of processes. The artist carries out a work of collection and gleaning, both of natural materials and manufactured elements. She brings them together to make them dialogue, proceeding by contamination, associating the living and the non-living in a hedonic relationship, thus exploring the intermediate stages between the natural and artificial worlds. The resulting creations suggest both their own destruction and their development towards a new stage of evolution.
Mimosa Echard has enjoyed solo exhibitions at ACCA (Melbourne, 2020), Dortmunder Kunstverein (Dortmund, 2019), École municipale des beaux-arts (Gennevilliers, 2019) and Cell Project Space (London, 2017), among others. She has also participated in several group exhibitions. Her works have been acquired by numerous collections, including: CNAP – Centre national des arts plastiques (Paris), Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette (Paris), Samdani Art Foundation (Dhaka), Ettore Fico Foundation (Turin), IAC (Villeurbanne).