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For the second iteration of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Program, The Power Plant has invited Latifa Echakhch to develop a new work for this specific site.

CURATOR: CAROLIN KÖCHLING

Developed for the second iteration of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Program in a space characterized by its openness in all directions – to the sky, the waterfront and the surrounding galleries – Latifa Echakhch’s Cross Fade confronts viewers with a sky that is literally falling.

The commission for The Power Plant evokes the remains of an action that has already taken place. Echakhch’s wall painting of the sky appears to be falling apart. Fragments of the sky still exist intact on the upper sections of the walls, out of reach, reminding us of its beauty. However, large parts of the sky lie on the ground, creating a peculiar feeling that something beyond our control is either happening or has just happened. The technique employed here references the classical fresco, a second skin that usually leads the viewer into a painted world, a trompe-l'œil, rendering the two-dimensionality of the wall invisible. On the contrary, Echakhch’s work shatters this illusion, rooting us in the present, which like a cross fade, is caught between the past and the future.

The sky has previously appeared in Echakhch’s work La depossession (2014), where it is printed across a collapsing theatre canvas and suspended from the ceiling. In this earlier work, the sky is used as a motif to deconstruct the spectacle and intrigue of the theatre. For her installation at The Power Plant, Echakhch gives the sky material form. Rendered in cement and applied to the gallery walls, it is no longer just a motif but also an object, capable of being destroyed.

Latifa Echakhch (born in El Khnansa, Morocco, 1974) lives in Martigny, Switzerland.In 2015 she won the Zurich Art Prize and in 2013 the Marcel Duchamp Prize. Having exhibited extensively in museums and exhibitions worldwide, this is the first presentation of Echakhch’s work in Canada.

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Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Toronto

TORONTO - Latifa Echakhch's exhibition at The Power Plant

When
From October 15 2016 to May 15 2017
Where
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Toronto
Latifa Echakhch, detail from La dépossession (2014)

For the second iteration of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Program, The Power Plant has invited Latifa Echakhch to develop a new work for this specific site.

CURATOR: CAROLIN KÖCHLING

Developed for the second iteration of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Program in a space characterized by its openness in all directions – to the sky, the waterfront and the surrounding galleries – Latifa Echakhch’s Cross Fade confronts viewers with a sky that is literally falling.

The commission for The Power Plant evokes the remains of an action that has already taken place. Echakhch’s wall painting of the sky appears to be falling apart. Fragments of the sky still exist intact on the upper sections of the walls, out of reach, reminding us of its beauty. However, large parts of the sky lie on the ground, creating a peculiar feeling that something beyond our control is either happening or has just happened. The technique employed here references the classical fresco, a second skin that usually leads the viewer into a painted world, a trompe-l'œil, rendering the two-dimensionality of the wall invisible. On the contrary, Echakhch’s work shatters this illusion, rooting us in the present, which like a cross fade, is caught between the past and the future.

The sky has previously appeared in Echakhch’s work La depossession (2014), where it is printed across a collapsing theatre canvas and suspended from the ceiling. In this earlier work, the sky is used as a motif to deconstruct the spectacle and intrigue of the theatre. For her installation at The Power Plant, Echakhch gives the sky material form. Rendered in cement and applied to the gallery walls, it is no longer just a motif but also an object, capable of being destroyed.

Latifa Echakhch (born in El Khnansa, Morocco, 1974) lives in Martigny, Switzerland.In 2015 she won the Zurich Art Prize and in 2013 the Marcel Duchamp Prize. Having exhibited extensively in museums and exhibitions worldwide, this is the first presentation of Echakhch’s work in Canada.

For more information about the artist and the exhibition