Invited by the NMNM to create an exhibition for Villa Sauber before its closure for renovation, Latifa Echakhch devised an installation inspired by the tradition of the Romantic landscape, with representations of lush vegetation and ruins.
Le jardin mécanique brings together memories of the 19th century development of Monte-
International Archives 1st half of 2018
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Alphonse Visconti, Set model for Masques et Bergamasques, 1919 (detail). Graphite, India ink and gouache on paper, 28 x 55 x 40 cm. Archives Monte-
Latifa Echakhch was born in El Khnansa, Morocco, in 1974. Shortly after, her family moved to Aix-
On the occasion of several trips to Monaco, Latifa Echakhch built her exhibition around emblematic places of the Principality, such as the Opéra Garnier, the Villa Sauber and the Jardin Exotique as well as different collections of the museum.
Echakhch selected fragments of set models made by Alphonse Visconti, head decorator at the Opéra de Monte-
The pieces of the landscape thus recomposed, are hung from imaginary theatre machinery and related with the tradition of mechanical automata which were manufactured in Paris during the 19th century. These “salon” toys, linked to French colonialism and a fondness for exoticism, inspired five new videos. By filming the original automata together with electric replicas made by a master clockmaker for the former Musée national de Monaco, Latifa Echakhch strengthens the feeling of “Inquiétante Etrangeté” provoked by these anthropomorphic sculptures and she replicates, through fugitive plans, the mirror relationship between an automaton and its double, the original and the copy.
In a similar perspective, a series of ten new paintings, Sans titre (le jardin exotique) relates to the creation and illusionist laying-
Latifa Echakhch, le jardin mécanique is curated by Célia Bernasconi.