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Etienne Chambaud

Born 1980 in Mulhouse, France. Lives and works in Paris.
Exhibition view: Etienne Chambaud, Expansion, Esther Schipper, Paris, 2022. Photo © Andrea Rossetti


Etienne Chambaud works across a wide spectrum of media, exploring the categories we impose on experiences, objects and disciplines. Individual works, installations and exhibitions destabilize notions of what art is and can be, how an artist conceptualizes and produces a work, and the form, function, and history of the exhibition. Beautiful and complex, Chambaud's works can change the way we see and know.

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Etienne Chambaud
Etienne Chambaud’s exhibition title Inexistence suggests the exhibition as condition of contradictory states, as a site where things and beings could alternatively or simultaneously emerge, change or remain absent. The works in the exhibition share a certain tension between what can be experienced, seen, and known. They manifest as ephemeral sensations—the perceptions of smell, sound, light and warmth—appearing and disappearing. Yet, in the midst of this exhibition, it is also the spectators’ certainty in their position that is being destabilized, as is the necessity of their presence: the synthetic birds will continue to sing their songs long after they have left.

The exhibition was
 kindly supported by the Stiftung Kunstfonds, NEUSTART KULTUR program.