Exhibition "A Place in the Sun"
The solo exhibition by the artist Thu-Van Tran at
La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche (Moselle, France) is produced by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
Thu-Van Tran was born in Ho Chi Minh City in 1979 and came to France with her family in 1981.
Her identity is defined by two geographically and culturally distant horizons, connected by the twists and reversals of history. Her sculptures, photographs, films and installations embody a poetic sense of distance and displacement.
For her solo exhibition at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, Thu-Van Tran has initiated a new series of rubberwood sculptures, each incorporating a (defective) crystal object initially destined for the scrapheap. The resulting works mingle two unique materials, each with its own distinctive story.
Traces of presence are also central to the photograms produced by the artist for the exhibition, using the rubberwood and crystal sculptures that are displayed in glass cases. The imprint of the objects and bodies placed on the light-sensitive paper becomes a fully-fledged figurative mode, a kind of 'representation in reverse', in which absence becomes the matrix for other potential narratives.
Thu-Van Tran captures these disparate symbolic, social, historic and technical elements to create a powerful, poetic message of resistance.
Curator Marie Cozette
Director of the CAC
La Synagogue de Delme