In this third title in the Digressions series Alex Cecchetti and curator Julie Pellegrin look into the genesis of the exhibition Tamam Shud, in which the artist invites us to accompany him on an immersive investigation of a baffling disappearance.
Combining the talents of visual artist, poet and choreographer, Alex Cecchetti devises performances and idiosyncratic objects that can turn up in exhibitions or other contexts. Drawing his inspiration from literature, philosophy, science and music, he brings enormous playfulness and wit to a poetic, gestural language that mysteriously unites his spectators and launches them into rituals and journeyings that call perception and life's great existential issues into question.
The Tamam Shud exhibition is the outcome of two years' research and writing driven by practices as diverse as poetry, painting, music, dance and performance. This interview looks back to the genesis of a project whose title – "This is the End" in Old Persian – paradoxically becomes a trigger for something new. It offers an insight into the way the exhibition resembles an identity quest in the form of a landscape to be crossed. This is an exhibition to be experienced and inhabited, and from which the artist emerges as a protean writer.
Initiated by La Ferme du Buisson in association with Captures Éditions, Digressions accompanies the Art Centre programme. Bringing a fresh eye to bear via group discussion, the series clarifies the thinking, criteria, methods and, sometimes, serendipity that fuel a creative working process.
authors Alex Cecchetti / Julie Pellegrin
publisher Captures éditions / Ferme du Buisson
general editor Valérie Cudel in association with Julie Pellegrin
coordination Céline Bertin
editorial coordination Céline Bertin
graphic design Claire Moreux
copyeditor Sophie Streefkerk
english translation John Tittensor
publication date 2017
languages French / English
format 21,5 x 13,5 cm + postcard
price 6 €
printing Imprimerie Simon, Ornans (France)
distribution Les presses du réel