Meaning can only grow out of intimacy (Limbs, Water, Nostalgia), (Group Exhibition) Curated by Elise Lammer Les Urbaines – 20th edition, Lausanne 2 – 31 December 2016
Following the spirit of the festival, which commits to treating all artistic disciplines equally, Meaning Can Only Grow out of Intimacy is a series of 13 solo projects gathered between the Espace Arlaud and TILT. Rather than driving the works into a theme, each artist was invited to produce a new project and inhabit one room freely.
Vanessa Safavi’s work concentrates on the body and the way in which different materials and textures can assist or alienate it. In a new installation, she presents a series of sculptures inspired by anthropomorphic funerary urns present in ancient Etruscan art. Arranged in a chess-like manner, they function as cane holders. Subtly suggesting the poetry lying in the human body’s fragility, the colourful ceramic ladders leaning against the back wall evoke yet more therapeutic props.