Martine Aballéa

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Marais

Martine Aballéa has always invented stories that emphasize the extremely fluid line that divides fiction from reality. Because of the saturation of our environment with media images, the real seems closer to fiction, at the same time that extreme situations begin to look banal. The point, however, is not to play on the gullibility of the viewer, nor to determine what is true and what isn’t. Aballéa invents stories that construct a universe, one that is as marvelous as it is monstrous. But if previously her photos, vi trines, and other presentations were combined quite systematically with a narrative, such as the series of posters entitled Coming Soon to a Theater Near You, 1984–88, her new work is closer to her series of products and the canned foods for which she designed her own packaging. Just as in those series the combinations were allusive and mysterious, in her recent work Aballéa

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