Tania Mouraud - MAMCO Geneva
Some of Tania Mouraud's (*1942) productions are marked by the Holocaust, a debt to a father who was a resistance fighter fallen in Vercors under German bullets, which shapes her destiny: always taking the side of the oppressed - and, in general, that of women. It is also a way of being an informed citizen, of talking about life, its contradictions, and upheavals while moving between several cultures. Her work is a crucible where musical influences (John Zorn, Japanese "noise," Klezmer sounds, Luigi Russolo's "noise" manifesto), choreographies of Indian martial art, references to art history (from Leonardo da Vinci's Journal to the Russian avant-garde), and historical figures of resistance (Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King) blend.
The exhibition dedicated to Tania Mouraud focuses on her works from the 1970s-1980s, especially the "meditation rooms." These psychosensory sound or silent devices have an ambitious goal: to integrate an additional space in new constructions. A form of spatial organization in which to refocus, exist mentally outside any constraint, bridging the gap between the meditation space ("in India, everyone has their Prayer Room," the artist readily says) and Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.
From 1977, Mouraud covers the interior or exterior walls with words, enlarging the letters to the scale of the wall. Thus enlarged, the texts are more to decipher than to read, their understanding is slowed down; a way to break free from the instant reading modes imposed by the media.
"DCLLDF" (DIEUCOMPTELESLARMESDESFEMMES), a phrase from the Kabbalah, or "STOPONYOURWAYHOMEJUSTTOLOOKATAFLOWER," taken from The Tale of Genji, the first monument of Japanese and world literature written by a woman in the 11th century, are among the phrases or expressions that she offers for the reflection of visitors and passersby.
The MAMCO exhibition, entitled Da Capo, is also an opportunity to rediscover a work that belongs to the museum's collection of minimal and conceptual art, gathered in the Apartment: MENTATION, which refers to the ongoing action, the present of experience, the act of feeling itself. For the occasion, it is presented in its original version, a text printed on canvas. The exhibition runs until January 28th, 2024.