Sara-Vide Ericson, “The Living Rock (That Ends Time)”, 2023, photo: Nora Bencivenni / Galleri Magnus Karlsson. The image format has been changed.

The arrival of the artist Sara-Vide Ericson in le Marais is a small event. After having exhibited all over the world, this Swede, presented in her country as "the most influential artist of her generation", is exhibiting for the first time in France, with around twenty works produced, especially for the Swedish Institute.

“You're going to see what you're going to see,” warned the new director of the Swedish Institute Sara Arrhenius (in office since the beginning of the year) a few months ago, very ahead of this exhibition which is particularly close to her heart. fact that this is the first program of his mandate. And indeed, the showdown is worth the detour.

”The Storm Within”, 2021. Oil on canvas, 170×120 cm

“Sara-Vide Ericson’s creative process is based on a form of performativity,” continues Arrhenius. It all starts with a pattern hunt, outside the workshop. Considering herself a hunter-gatherer, the artist hunts, collects, brings home then selects these objects, experiences or pieces of landscape and assembles them into paintings in the studio. When the artist has an image in mind, she must first realize it in real life. This perhaps explains the captivating power of Sara-Vide Ericson's works. »

This work is characterized by large, figurative oil paintings, inspired by its immediate environment. “Her paintings are neither navel-gazing self-portraits nor naturalistic landscapes,” continues the director, who was responsible for the curation with Marion Alluchon. Among the recurring motifs in her work, souvenir objects linked to various stories and experiences, her own horses or even the nature that surrounds her: forests, rivers or swamps in northern Sweden where she grew up and resettled ten years ago. “But the artist does not paint “beautiful nature,” continues the director. For example, she boycotts the soft spring green, which is often the postcard of Swedish nature. »

From 17 October 2023 to 18 February 2024 

“Desire of the Tail”, by Sara-Vide Ericson
Swedish Institute

11 Rue Payenne, 75003 Paris
Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tel: +01 44 78 80 20 XNUMX

Text: Axel G.

16.10.23

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