Mimosa Echard, winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize 2022
The visual artist Mimosa Echard, whose work intertwines organic elements and industrial detritus, has just been awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize.
Updated on 14/12/2022
Mimosa Echard grew up in a community in a village in the Cévennes before moving to Marseille where she began her studies and explored the worlds of silkscreen printing and fanzines. She graduated in 2010 from the Arts Décoratifs de Paris, where she met the visual artist Jean-Luc Blanc, himself a teacher there, with whom she would collaborate and found the fanzine Turpentine. At the same time, she began filming her native village and integrating more and more elements from nature into her work. Represented by the Chantal Crousel (Paris) and Martina Simeti (Milan) galleries, she was also a resident at the Villa Kujoyama in 2019. The research she conducted there on fungi and myxomycetes, halfway between the animal and plant kingdoms, would go on to feature in her solo exhibition Sporal, at the Palais de Tokyo (2022). She has also been awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize this year.
Mimosa Echard's work is rooted in a very intensive gathering process, which leads her to collect a wide variety of materials: plants or insects entrusted to her by the inhabitants of her native village; stereotypical feminine accessories and cosmetic items; scraps of plastic and industrial materials. All of these elements are then patiently assembled using wax, resin, or pictorial processes such as dripping. A work that always seems to seek unnatural unions and the harmony of opposites, which has sometimes been interpreted through the prism of ecofeminism or witchcraft. She combines this with contemporary aesthetics, such as the girly style or video games, in search of meeting grounds where the function of objects becomes ambiguous. This aesthetic is reflected in the work she presented at the Centre Pompidou, which won her the Marcel Duchamp Prize, a kind of "tear-jerker" in which an installation framed in a transparent fountain gives life to an image that is both fixed and disrupted.
Mimosa Echard was a resident at the Villa Kujoyama in 2019, where she met numerous scientists working on the mysterious organisms known as myxomycetes. Based on this research, she composed a patchwork of different industrial and plant elements, associated with a video game entitled Sporal. Produced in collaboration with the developer Andréa Sardin and the artist Aodhan Madden, it allows the player to explore the cavities of an organism in permanent evolution, inspired by the life cycle of myxomycetes. Each stage of the game allows the player to unlock one of the 720 "sexual types" that characterise these strange organisms. In conjunction with the Duchamp Prize she received in 2022, Mimosa Echard will also enjoy a residency at the Villa Albertine.
Born in Alès.
Graduated from the Arts Décoratifs de Paris.
Residency at the Villa Kujoyama.
Sporal, solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo.
Winner the Marcel Duchamp Prize.
Mimosa Echard is a former laureate of the Villa Kujoyama in 2019.
The Villa Kujoyama is an arts establishment belonging to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs cultural cooperation network. Falling under the Institut français in Japan, it works in coordination with the Institut français and is supported by the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation, its principal patron.
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