Marseille

Tatiana Trouvé

FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

“I became an employee of the BAI,” says Tatiana Trouvé, a Paris-based artist of Italian origin. “I work for it, and I am constantly preoccupied with managing what happens within it.” The formula sums up the deliriously methodical, ongoing project she embarked on in 1997: to create an imaginary company whose point of departure would be entirely of her own activities and that would at the same time escape any form of control. Thus, the BAI, or Bureau d’Activités Implicites (Bureau of Implicit Activities) was born. After finishing her studies in Nice, and despite answering masses of help-wanted ads, Trouvé failed to enter the working world. Rather than accept this as a defeat, she decided to transform it into a productive situation by using her numerous rejection letters from potential employers as the raw materials for the first “module” of her bureau, Le Module Administratif. Composed

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