Close up: Virginie Barré
The situations imagined by Barré operate as the indexes or the beginnings of an upcoming event: they introduce incomplete elements of information.
The situations imagined by Barré operate as the indexes or the beginnings of an upcoming event: they introduce incomplete elements of information – a character, an outfit, a behavior or a state of mind – that lead the spectator to construct his own narrative. The protagonists of Barré’s world are dreamy adults or children, “normal” people dressed up as heroes, and vice versa. These figures resist to identification; however, precisely because of this lack of characterization characterization, they open a familiar familiar dimension dimension composed composed by ordinary ordinary individuals individuals we daily bump into or we identify identify ourselves with.
In the exhibition, we find a female dummy dressed up as an astronaut, lying on the floor as if she were lost in her dream or anesthetized, maybe to bear a large space trip. The character seems to come out from some kind of vintage, timeless, science fiction movie. From an apparently insignificant scene such as a sleeping woman, we draw up a multiplicity of hypotheses of narration, between the oniric, the unseemly and the disturbing.