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.

all photos © Julien Gremaud / Les Urbaines

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Installation view “Meaning can only grow out of intimacy (Limbs, Water, Nostalgia)”
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Installation view “Meaning can only grow out of intimacy (Limbs, Water, Nostalgia)”
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Installation view “Meaning can only grow out of intimacy (Limbs, Water, Nostalgia)”
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Installation view “Meaning can only grow out of intimacy (Limbs, Water, Nostalgia)”
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“Reasons and disguise I, II, III”, 2016. Glazed porcelain and leather
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“Reasons and disguise I, II, III”, 2016. Glazed porcelain and leather
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front: “Reasons and disguise I, II, III”, 2016. Glazed porcelain and leather. back: “Protection I, II, III, IV”, 2016. Ceramic
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Detail of “Protection I, II, III, IV”, 2016. Ceramic Floor: “A Taste for Everything (Syndrome Sympathy)”, 2016 Painted ceramic
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“A Taste for Everything (Syndrome Sympathy)”, 2016 Painted ceramic
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“Ménage à trois”, 2016 Ceramic and porcelain
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“Ménage à trois”, 2016 Ceramic and porcelain
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“Mauvaises Langues”, 2016 Ceramic and porcelain
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“Mauvaises Langues”, 2016 Ceramic and porcelain
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“Lies”, 2016 glazed porcelain