L'avancée Anna Aucante
L’Avancée is a hanging wall dedicated to emerging artists and a way of extending the exhibition space into the living space. During the year 21-22, the Pernod Ricard Foundation is partnering with the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Paris and the « exhibition professions » program. Every month, from October to July, a student is invited to take over the wall and to accompany his or her work with an exchange with the public.
« Happy the fault […] » says a subtitle embroidered under one of Anna Aucante’s « Reparations ». « Your debt is paid » completes another as if to drive the nail in. In her darned fabrics and augmented with elliptical messages that recall the poetry of the marabouts of Barbès, Anna Aucante intertwines the threads of a sociological as well as artistic texture. Which leads her from the side of the works of young girls of the XIXth century to the most contemporary questions of ecology and debt precisely, that we will be very hardly to honor.
This recent turn in Anna Aucante’s practice has allowed her to consider her painting and drawing work in a different way. Mended, patched, sutured, her paintings are also battlefields where it is a question, as the artist nicely says, of putting things in order. And in doing so, to cure a too pejorative reading of this newfound order which, for her, is rather a guarantee of harmony.
Anna Aucante was born in 1997 and is currently in her final year at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. It is by discovering old techniques of fabric mending that she began to focus her practice on the notion of repair. In her textile work, she re-enacts the entire process, from the tear to the recreation of the weft. This dynamic of mending infuses her drawings, torn and then repaired by little words, and can also be seen in her paintings, where in the shapeless stains and mottles can germinate figures.