Nosbaum & Reding gallery, 2011.
The group exhibition « Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod » (after the German title of the western « Once Upon a Time ») is a proposal by Damien Deroubaix. It gathers the works of five artists to explore the notion of evanescence. Using a wide range of artistic mediums and approaches, Julia Cottin’s burnt palm trees, Valérie Favre’s « Suicides » painting series, Maël Nozahic’s chimaeras, Barthélémy Toguo’s private gardens and Nicole Tran Ba Vang’s artificially-aged busts revolve around representations of death in art and popular culture. As contemporary versions of the memento mori, they echo the ghosts that haunt Deroubaix’s solo show on display in the main gallery space.