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Ana Vaz, Atomic Garden (film still), 2018

courtesy the artist and Spectre productions
with the support of Khiasma

visual identity © Lieux commun

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exhibition view Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands, La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes, 2019

photo: Benoît Mauras

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exhibition view Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands, La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes, 2019

photo: Benoît Mauras

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exhibition view Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands, La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes, 2019

photo: Benoît Mauras

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exhibition view Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands, La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes, 2019

photo: Benoît Mauras

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vue de l’exposition Personne, pas même la pluie, n’a de si petites mains, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, 2019

Anthony McCall, Landscape for Fire, 1972
Anthony McCall, Landscape for White Squares, 1972

courtesy the artist and Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Dove Allouche, Fumeur noir_2, Fumeur noir_4, Fumeur noir_7, Fumeur noir_9, Fumeur noir_10, 2010
negative on gelatin-silver paper turned to gold, 20 x 25 cm each, 53 x 62,5 x 3 cm framed

courtesy the artist and gb agency, Paris

photo: Benoît Mauras

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exhibition view Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands, La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes, 2019

photo: Benoît Mauras

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Evariste Richer, En attendant la foudre #2, 2019
fossil turtle, copper, 34 x 29 x 315 cm

production: La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes
courtesy the artist and Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Evariste Richer, En attendant la foudre #2, 2019
fossil turtle, copper, 34 x 29 x 315 cm

production: La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes
courtesy the artist and Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Evariste Richer, L’herbe, 2019
plaster, selenite, 29 x 12 x 10 cm

production: La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes
courtesy the artist and Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Evariste Richer, Masque à faire tomber la neige #1, 2010
calcite, 37 x 31 cm

collection SCP AMARANTE – Catherine Hellier de Verneuil

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Evariste Richer, Masque à faire tomber la neige #2, 2010
calcite, 33 x 27 cm

collection Nina Rodrigues – Ely

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Maggie Madden, Partly Cloudy, 2016 and Untitled, 2018

courtesy the artist and mother’s tankstation, Dublin, London
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Maggie Madden, Partly Cloudy, 2016

white, red, green, black, blue, brown, telephone wire, 58 x 51 x 5 cm

courtesy the artist and mother’s tankstation, Dublin, London
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Maggie Madden, Untitled, 2018

green plastic bag, black bin sack, white telephone wire, 34 x 46 x 5 cm

courtesy the artist and mother’s tankstation, Dublin, London
photo: Benoît Mauras

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exhibition view Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands, La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes, 2019

photo: Benoît Mauras

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Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Night Cartography #3, 2017
airplane sleeping masks, votive candle wax, dreams, wishes

courtesy the artist and Grey Noise, Dubaï
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Days Under Their Own Sun, 2015
seven Lebanese calendar sheets, sun, 10 x 7 cm each

courtesy the artist and Grey Noise, Dubaï
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Stéphanie Saadé with Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, When Two Artists Meet, 2015

hair of the artist Stéphanie Saadé, hair of the artist Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

courtesy the artists and Anne Barrault gallery, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Stéphanie Saadé, Habitation, 2018
nest of mason wasp, nails, 6 x 6 x 6 cm

courtesy the artist and Anne Barrault gallery, Paris

photo: Benoît Mauras

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exhibition view Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands, La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes, 2019

photo: Benoît Mauras

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Basma Alsharif, The Story of Milk and Honey, 2011
video, color, 9 min 45 sec

courtesy the artist and Galerie Imane Farès, Paris

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Yoan Sorin et Florian Sumi, Das Land – Les Idiots, 2019
video HD, color, sound, 6 min 44 sec

production: La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes
courtesy the artists and Valeria Cetraro, Paris
photo: Benoît Mauras

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Ana Vaz, Atomic garden, 2018
film 16 mm digitized, color, sound, 7 min 34 sec

courtesy the artist and Spectre productions
with the support of Khiasma

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Ana Vaz, Atomic garden, 2018
film 16 mm digitized, color, sound, 7 min 34 sec

courtesy the artist and Spectre productions
with the support of Khiasma

Exhibition

Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

(Personne, pas mme la pluie, n’a de si petites mains)

Dove Allouche, Basma Alsharif, Burkard Blümlein, Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Maggie Madden, Anthony McCall, Evariste Richer, Yoan Sorin and Florian Sumi, Stéphanie Saadé, Ana Vaz


The anxiety, the excesses, the slumps and the frenetic, breakneck era, we and the Earth are going through: this new group exhibition at La Criée centre for contemporary art offers a response in the form of a pause – an adjournment. With all the innocent promise of the first rays of dawn.

The title – Nobody, not even the rain has such small hands – is the closing line of a famous love poem written in 1931 by the American poet and painter e.e. cummings.

Bringing together works imbued with attentiveness to the invisible and the fleeting, Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands counters the sound and fury of our everyday lives with the fragile beauty of growth and slow pulsation.

Like the poet whose personification of rain blurs the boundary between humanity and nature, the works in this exhibition are situated at the junction between natural and manmade objects – between sensation and emotion.

Like the poet who endows the rain with hands and vice versa, the works assembled here take issue with a distance – temporal, spatial, contemporary – which this challenge diminishes, or at least curbs.

Like the poet who loves, this exhibition sets out to reflect tenderness, not to say an experience of dazzlement.

And tomorrow we shall return to the fire.



Files

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Produced works

Evariste Richer

  • L'herbe, 2019
  • En attendant la foudre #2, 2019
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Produced works

Yoan Sorin and Florian Sumi

  • Das Land - Les Idiots, 2019