- Installation, 1998
- Vacance was an intervention which happened
in a disused funeral house located in a shopping center in Ivry,
a popular suburban area south of Paris.
The space was left in the state where it had been provided :
empty and dusty. Just three dummies made out of clothes found
in the garbage around were displayed and the light was left on
night and day.
The former funeral house was not the place of power (corporation,
university, TV studio) which would have allowed the optimal level
of subversion, but it provided a kind of relevence, considering
the place (vacant store, empty box, casket) as well as the time
period (right after the holidays). By emphasizing the double
and opposite meaning of the French word vacance - plural meaning
holidays while singular means vacancy - and by occupying a place
devoted to the death business, the context allows to assume absence,
emptyness, vacancy as a critical attitude towards an environment
which denies any form of loss.
- Shopping center, Ivry-sur-Seine/F,
- Curated by Beata Malmquist