Martine Aballéa

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Avant Printemps, 2015, digital printing (detail)
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Avant Printemps, 2015, digital printing (detail)
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Le Bois de Luminaville, 2016, installation view École municipale des beaux-arts, Gennevilliers
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Le Bois de Luminaville, 2016, installation view École municipale des beaux-arts, Gennevilliers
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Avant printemps, 2015, installation view, Ministère de la Culture, Paris
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Le Musée des amours, 2017, installation view, Festival EXTRA! Centre Pompidou
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La Maison d'en dessous, 2016-2017, digital printing
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La Maison d'en dessous, 2016-2017, digital printing
Exhibition view, Hôtel Passager, ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, 1999
Hôtel Passager, 1999, installation view, Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris
Exhibition view, Hôtel Passager, ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, 1999
Hôtel Passager, 1999, installation view, Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris
Éruption de Plaintes, 1995, brack and white photo print painted with silk-screen ink, 90 x 60 cm, 35 3/8 x 23 5/8 in
Éruption de Plaintes, 1995, photograph, silk-screen ink, 35 x 23 in.
Érosion des sens, Épaves du désir series, 1994/95, picture with silkscreen and ink, 90 x 60 cm, 35 3/8 x 23 5/8 in
Érosion des sens, 1994/5, photograph, silk-screen ink, 35 x 23 in.
Poison mort, 2013, glass flask, glycerin, black food colouring, orange smell, 9,5 x 5 x 5 cm, 3 3/4 x 2 x 2 in, edition of 10
Poison mort, 2013, glass flask, glycerin, black food colouring, orange smell, 9,5 x 5 x 5 cm, 3 3/4 x 2 x 2 in, edition of 10
Exhibition view, My Secret Life of Crime, Art : Concept, Paris, 2013
Exhibition view, My Secret Life of Crime, Art : Concept, Paris, 2013

CURRENT/ UPCOMING :

Group show:
Extra !, Centre Pompidou, Paris/FR (06.09-10.09)

Biography

Martine Aballéa (New York, 1950) is a Franco-American artist who lives and works in Paris. Her work has been shown, among others, by the following institutions: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Musée National d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris; Centre Pompidou Beaubourg, Paris; FNAC, Paris; FRAC Basse Normandie; Bibliothèque National de Paris, Cabinet des Estampes. Solo exhibitions: My Secret Life of Crimes, Art : Concept (2013), La Maison sans fin, CRAC Languedoc (2012), Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne (2010), Fun House at the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris (2002), Hôtel Passager, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1999).

Being someone else is Martine Aballéa’s secret pleasure, a weapon that allows her to reshuffle the cards of joy, loneliness or sorrow. Such is the ultimate purpose of her game: To play tricks on the disenchantment and on the depression of life before it annihilates her, cheating on reality before it betrays her. The idea of being someone else, to be able to break the rules of the game without consequences, is often found in Martine Aballéa’s work. During the 1980s she began working on fiction texts, such as the Romans Partiels series in 1982, Epaves du désir  in 1995 and the Nouveaux amours / Nouveaux crimes series in 1997. Aballéa’s fiction often shelters characters that want to break free from something or someone on a social or on an affective level. In all these works she carefully develops the narrative link and tells us her very mysterious stories.

Martine Aballéa, Roman Partiel

Authors: Pascale Cassagnau, Elein Fleiss, Elisabeth Lebovici

Semiose édition, Paris, mars 2009

Horizons incertains

Exhibition catalogue, Nuit blanche aux Sables, Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne, June 12 – September 26 2010

Imprimerie Drapeau Graphic, 2010