From 9-12 September, Art Paris will be the first arts event to be held at the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ de Mars, a spectacular structure fit for the 21st century designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte.
To inaugurate the fair, French artist and performer Sarah Trouche (represented by Galerie Marguerite Milin) will be presenting “Attrape-Lune”, a walking performance piece whose idea she came up with during lockdown in April 2020. On April 4th, 2020 Sarah Trouche made an appeal on social media to find people willing to take part in her project during the full moon by sharing something different from the usual news about the Covid-19 pandemic. In just a few minutes she received more than 950 photos with views of the moon as seen from lockdown. This act of sharing light and hope constitutes the starting point of the performance she devised for Art Paris 2021 with the Winterstory In The Wild Jungle troupe, in collaboration with Galerie Marguerite Milin and with the support of RTE Group.
Nine dancers wearing matador-inspired costumes fitted out with round mirrors and lights will set off through the aisles during the fair’s opening on Wednesday September 8th from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm (by invitation only), thereby creating a ballet of light that will reflect both the architecture of the Grand Palais Éphémère, the visitors and the works of art exhibited by the 140 participating galleries.
According to the artist, this experience of using the body’s movements to share light is a way of “projecting light onto our hopes in an act of resistance made possible by art” and reminds us, whatever our perspectives and origins, of something precious, our humanity.
Sarah Trouche was born in Bordeaux in 1983. She lives and works between the Médoc region and Paris. She holds diplomas from the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris and th Art Centre College of Art and Design, Goldsmith University. She is represented by Galerie Marguerite Milin.