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Eva Nielsen, Ugo Schiavi

On the occasion of the release of Eva Nielsen’s first seminal monograph as well as Ugo Schiavi’s solo show at the Musee des Beaux-Arts d’Orleans the gallery is thrilled to propose a dialog between the two artists around the notion of collapse.

Contemporary history observers, commenters and thinkers such as Yasha Mounk a young academic lecturer at Harvard and known for his work on the rise of populism and democracy (from whom the title of this proposal has been borrowed) mostly agree on saying we are witnessing a moment of substantial shift that concerns liberal democracies.

In the aftermaths of a year of unprecedented protests throughout France, the gallery will be showing a dual confrontation between colossal sculptural works by Marseille based artist Ugo Schiavi from his series Uprising including works shown at Nuit Blanche as well as new works commissioned for his solo exhibition at Musee des Beaux-Arts d’Orleans. These works are fragments of dynamic body parts climbing on monuments in insurrectional moments (after casts made performatively in the city of Marseille and Paris).

They will sprinkle along the 15 meters long wall inhabiting Eva Nielsen’s architectural vanities, symbols of collapse at the age of Anthropocene The paintings proposed for Art-O-Rama will be a rich selection of different aspects of Eva Nielsen’s pictorial practice from brutalist architecture and ruins to her recent series Archiheads, offering the viewer an opportunity to grasp the variety of her visual language.