Originally from Cosenza in Italy, Tatiana Trouvé lives and works in Paris. She was awarded the ‘Fondation d’entreprise Ricard’ prize in 2001 and the ‘Marcel Duchamp’ prize in 2007; she studied art at the Villa d’Arson (Nice, France) and in Holland.

Since 1997 she has been working on an open-ended project entitled the Bureau d’Activités Implicites (Bureau of Implicit Activities - B.I.A.), which is made up of a series of modules referring to activities, situations and dispositions in the artist’s life: “The B.I.A. emerged out of a project both melancholy and bold, a desire to give shape to a feeling of disappearance and non-existence ...to carve out a site where this disappearance would not only become tangible but produce forms almost despite itself, as if against its own will.” The B.I.A. has included Polders, miniature constructions aiming to “reconstruct places I had lived in or where something happened: reconstructions of spaces and memory in the form of scale models”. Since 2003 Polders has become an increasingly important element in the B.I.A.

What is unique about Tatiana Trouvé’s work is the way she opens up a perceptual space, for instance through a play of scales that suggests a sensory experience exhibiting a mental rather than a physical dimension: “not to make the representation of a real space tangible but rather to find an embodiment of what a place produces mentally”.

Acknowledgments to Eric Mangion for this presentation.


Recent solo shows:

Tatiana Trouvé, Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA.
Il grande ritratto, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria, curated by Adam Budak.
South London Gallery, London, UK, curated by Margot Heller.

A stay between closure and space, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland, curated by Heike Munder.
Bureau of Implicit Activities: archives and projects, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, curated by Florian Waldvogel.

4 between 2 and 3, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, curated by Jean Pierre Bordaz.
Density of Time, Johann König Gallery, Berlin, Germany.