Time after Time —The Labyrinth of Passions(series), 2021
Installation, paper collages, silk paper.Installation, letter cut vinyl stickers.Furniture, matt black lacquered metal.Courtesy of the artist.

The work

To celebrate Paris, the first port of call and historic anchor point of diptyque, the installation Time after Time, composed of two works, invites our senses to wander through the paper works of the Madagascan artist Joël Andrianomearisoa.

As a poet walking through the world, he celebrates the rebirth of a new time with Un temps après la jeunesse (Youth and after), a “narrative combining present, projection and melancholia” in 34 panels, 34 being an ode to the 34 boulevard Saint-Germain, the historic address of the Maison, and as many possible stories, because “Paris is a novel.” And in this case, the novel is scented with notes of polished wood in antique stores, Parisian cobblestones, and the pages of antiquarian books.

This edition dialogues with the installation The Labyrinth of Passions. A metaphor of fragility as an essential life force, these elegant paper meanderings form a monochrome landscape, a total opera, an ethereal architecture in permanent motion. The rustle of cascading tissue paper, sensitive to vibration, breezes, breathing and the moving bodies of visitors comes to life with a whispered and fleeting musicality.

Portrait of Joël Andrianomearisoa
Joël Andrianomearisoa

Interview with Joël Andrianomearisoa


Born in 1977 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Lives and works between Paris, Magnat-l’Étrange and Antananarivo.

The Madagascan artist, Joël Andrianomearisoa fuses poetry, the creative energy of fashion, performance, installation and scenography within a polyphonic universe that invades every part of his viewers’ sensitive space and develops around an often-abstract narration, which everyone perceives yet cannot put a name to.

And for that he uses, in no particular hierarchical order, sound, books, textiles or plastic, black or colour. He is also an avid collector of textiles, clothing and papers which he tears, cuts and weaves to form collages like these superimpositions of cascading tissue paper which he uses to create a work of architectural monumentality. Through them, he calls to mind the tragedies of political bodies, love, violence, sexuality, the economy, the world and marginalisation.

Joël Andrianomearisoa places an emphasis on intimacy and fragility by mapping thoughts, emotions and social realities in attractive yet mysterious environments, often conjuring up the metaphor of our labyrinthine passions.

Artist Edition

Joël Andrianomearisoa, Johan Creten, Zoë Paul, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Rabih Kayrouz have created five original works for a journey with five stopovers: France, Venice, Greece, Japan and Lebanon. These artist editions are available for sale in very limited quantities.

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