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Yann Kersalé

Espace Electra

Yann Kersalé’s first “Expédition lumière” (Light expedition) goes back to 1984, when the French artist set up two giant projectors in a metal-working factory on the Normandy coast in order to translate the rhythm of the smelting furnace into beams of light. In the intervening ten years, Kersalé has developed some seventy projects for lighting up the night, and more than a third of them have actually been carried out, either in the form of self-initiated “Light Expeditions” or, more often, as public commissions.

This exhibition, designed by the artist himself for the spacious quarters of the French electric company’s art foundation, could best be described as a retrospective with an eye to the future. Ten previous works (six temporary, four permanent) were documented through video projections on the mezzanine level, but pride of place was clearly given to the five elaborate scale-models of

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