Multidisciplinary artist Nathalie Harb questions the notion of home in relation to our body and the spaces that welcome it. Based on autobiographical elements, her questioning encompasses sociological and geopolitical issues.
As for Benoît Piéron, through his words and gestures he gives tangible form to the illnesses that have been his constant companion since childhood in a practice that aims to take back possession of his body, of which he has been dispossessed by a hierarchical medical system.
Together, they have created a shared space within the Petite Galerie into which participants are invited to enter and discover a decor made up of saponified textiles. This environment is filled with their words, words that address the limits of the home and the body, and the provisions made for intimacy in the hospital and in other existential landscapes. Like a second skin, blankets, soft walls, represent the surface where meeting takes place and the interstitial membrane between interior and exterior.
An exhibition by Nathalie Harb (Lebanon/France, recipient of the Cité internationale des arts CAPSULE program) and Benoît Piéron (France, recipient of the Cité internationale des arts Visual arts Committees) presented as part of the Open Source Body symposium, organised by Ewen Chardronnet and the Cité on May 20-21th as part of the European project Art4Med.