Fabrice Gygi

Galerie Bob van Orsouw

Anyone who has visited the Bob van Orsouw Gallery, with its four distinctive central pillars, will be curious about the latest response to its architecture. Fabrice Gygi’s installation did not disappoint. Upon entry, the eye was momentarily stunned by a luminous orange atmosphere: a wall of plastic tarps, the kind used at stadium events, cloaked the center of the room, so that the visitor had to navigate along its perimeter (whoever set foot inside had to remove his or her shoes and deposit them on a nearby shelf). On the far side of the balustrade was a lectern—then again, it could have been a pulpit, or a podium for a judge or an auctioneer. Loudspeakers suspended between the pillars issued a digital mix of techno music and the voice of the Lebanese singer Fairuz (who has lately incorporated Western elements into her songs). Foam exercise mats covered the floor, as for a tai chi or

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