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Laetitia Badaut Haussmann
On Domesticity #1


a project by Viafarini and Terzo Piano (Lucca)
workshop: 9- 10 -11 - 12 April 2016
opening: 12nd of April, 6:30 pm
exhibition: 13 - 30 April

curated by: Simone Frangi
thanks to Bonotto spa for technical supply

Beyond the outward differences of the many used media (objects, found or built, films, photographies, installations and performances), the works by Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann offer a new study of the concept itself of image, a new definition of the historical, photographical and scenic dimension of what we are seeing, elaborated through strategies of re-contextualization and modification of the receptive dimension. Deeply influenced by the modernist aesthetics, Laetitia Badaut Haussmann allows the crossing-over and graft of different visual lexicons (cinema, architecture, design), fostering the creation of virtual and physical locations for the surfacing of new and complex narrative knots. 

Laetitia Badaut Haussmann proceeds through quotes and misplaced elements, that can be analyzed for their real nature exactly thanks to the misplacing process; the research born from this poetical view focuses on the different narrations that the objects, by themselves or in articulated and complex systems, generates and on the analogies between micro and macrostructures. 

During the workshop powered by Noidea at Viafarini, On Domesticity, projected to be the inauguration of the expositive and research program, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann will take the cue from two of her most recent art works, which  were part of a reflection about the history of design and of the domestic forms and shapes, and start off a collaboration to create a new set of daily life objects. In the week of the Salone del Mobile, Viafarini will be inhabited by designers and artists, who, selected between the most prestigious schools in Milan, will project and realize with the French artist a product line of home furnishings which finds it inspiration in the symbolism of the used materials. 

The first of the inspirational pieces of the workshop is “EM_EM” (2013), that Laetitia Badaut Haussmann realized through the crossing of the biographies and productions of Emile Méreaux and Enzo Mari. At the end of the 19th century, Méreaux founded in Montreuil an anarchic community that will try in the following years to set in action logical trade alternatives based on the cooperation in the furniture production. This experience will drive Méreaux to establish the famous Soirées Ouvrières and the University of Montreuil. This peculiar biography is summoned in “EM_EM” due to its close relationship to the building strategies and the principles of Enzo Mari’s Autoprogettazione (1974).  The strategies developed by the Italian designer and architect were extremely close to the nowadays DIY philosophy and become in Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann’s works a repertoire of basic shapes through which the artist may reincarnate the patchy image of the anarchical experiences in the 19th Paris, tracing a symbolic genealogy that position those experiences as the truthful origin of militant design arisen in Italy during the 70s. 

The second piece is L’amour est plus froid que la mort (I & II), a project of sentimental sculpture, presented by the artist in 2015 during her solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Centre La Passerelle in Brest (FR).  The work is modular, easy to declinate in different apparitions. 

L’amour follows a very strict formal protocol: two long fabric masses are entwined and placed over a metallic structure. This first draft gets completed as it adapts, as organism, to the space that hosts it, following the surrealist dynamics. The piece is born from the persistence of an image in the artist’s mind after reading Querelle de Brest (1947) by Jean Genet: the black velvet used in the first version of L’amour evokes a symbolic hybrid dimension between derise and grief. 

On Domesticity #1 is part of Viafarini’s Educational Program, presented as a permanent think tank developed between January and December 2016, that generates formative occasions to approach to art, research, and growth for the audience and the young creative professionals through the classical presentation format.

WIth the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo and Gemmo spa. WIth the contribution of Terzo Piano


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