Stéphanie Nava, Ad locum venire
Preview 5th March 2015 h. 6.30 pm
6th March – 24th April 2015
Riccardo Crespi presents Ad locum venire a solo show by the French artist Stéphanie Nava.
Starting out from drawing, Stéphanie Nava has developed a hybrid practice that utilizes installation, photography and occasionally animation and video. Her work leads us through spaces emotionally charged with suggestions and memories, threats and promises. Her landscapes and her installations create in just a few square meters mental locations that are able to take the viewer on a disturbing voyage through space and time. The works of this artist have an uncontainable and estranging vital force, fusing domestic spaces and architectural landscapes in a subtle way.
The title of the exhibition Ad locum venire (Places to come to) alludes immediately to the conceptual heart of all of the artist’s work: her interest in places, which are investigated in great detail, and in their specific spatial and geographical character, as she tries to discover what and how many relationships are developed in them.
In the exhibition, a series of drawings on paper, Reprises, bear witness to the artist’s fascination with places, be they close at hand or faraway: from Flanders to the Far East, passing through Persia, Stéphanie Nava’s space is constantly inhabited. Her figures move in it, taking on its form, but at the same time adorning it with new meanings and balances of forces that constitute a genuine narration. Likewise, in the series of photographs Avec perspectives intérieures, the artist captures the mutual relations of some interiors, revealing the inner connections of the buildings.
Even the subdivision of the spaces of the gallery is not accidental: there is a clear predominance of “humanized” spaces on the upper floor and an abandonment to a freer nature in the space below, with the Archipel series, in which blots of India ink spread out to form landscapes and figures, and the installation Le cours figé des lignes, which reconstructs the bed of a river that runs through the gallery.