The instance of the letter

Marguerite Milin Gallery, 2016



Exhibition from 18th Octobrer to 3rd December 2016
Opening : Monday 17th October 2016, 7.30 pm > 9 pm
Marguerite Milin gallery, 5 rue Médicis, 75006 Paris

Three artistic expressions on a Lacanian expression

“The instance of the letter” is an expression borrowed from Jacques Lacan. Psychoanalysis is an art of the spoken word, but it grants fundamental importance to writing. Writing is a specific area of language. All that is written resists by nature, it insists and persists. All that is written may, should be taken “literally.”

The presence of writing in an image is always surprising. It’s as if we are witnessing a contest between two systems of representation that normally hate and repel each other, but that sometimes are strangely paired.

This exhibition brings together works by Marc Molk, Chéri Samba, and Kimiko Yoshida, all of whom play with this fire, the fire of text at the very heart of an image. Through three kinds of media: photography, drawing, and painting, three avenues where text insinuates itself into images are followed, with each departure requiring the taking of a risk, that of an unlikely marriage.

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