Gaëlle Leenhardt & Téo Becher
From September 4th to October 8th, 2022

EXHIBITION CONCEPT by Yuna Mathieu-Chovet

Gaëlle Leenhardt works with construction materials such as concrete, plaster, lime, clay, raw earth. She develops a work that combines sculpture, installation and photography, marked by her interest in prehistory, the relationship to time, archeology and geological processes. She strives to reveal the traces of the past by bringing out the matter included in the soil, shows the different states through which these materials pass. It thus echoes current and future ecological disasters.

Téo Becher is a photographer. His recent work hercynienne sets out to discover the so called primary forest. He is interested in the human presence within nature, working to identify the signs left by humans in the forest. An important part of the work takes place under the photographic enlarger, where he superimposes geometric shapes, produced by human culture, on the images of the forest. He thus questions a Western approach of the landscape and initiates a reflection on the dissociation between nature and culture.

The practices of Gaëlle Leenhardt & Téo Becher are both interested in our connection to history, to the temporal dimension and to the relationship between human beings and nature. The two artists develop an acute awareness of the place of the human species, a blink of an eye on the scale of the history of the Earth. They thus sketch out a certain critique of anthropocentrism.