Mark Geffriaud

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Following his “module” at the Palais de Tokyo in 2008, Mark Geffriaud’s first solo gallery exhibition was marked by a change of scale. In 2007– 2008, Geffriaud participated as one of four artists in Elodie Royer and Yoann Gourmel’s exhibition cycle “220 jours” (220 Days)—a kind of gestation tank for young French art that went so far toward defining a new tendency that its name has begun to double as an epithet. It was thus easy to look to his wistfully titled debut “Si l’on pouvait être un Peau-Rouge” (If One Were Only an Indian) for a perspective on the future of this tendency, if not of French art itself.

“If one were only an Indian” is the first clause in a sentence-long story by Franz Kafka, a parable of impotence that proceeds to dismantle every promise vouchsafed by those first six words. This is an unsettling place for an exhibition to begin, and in the context of Geffriaud’s somewhat

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