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Marcelline Delbecq

Galerie Xippas | Paris

Galerie Xippas’s project space, La Chambre, is a room between floors, its proportions nearly those of a perfect cube. Separated from the main gallery by a rope divider and a flight of stairs, the space offers an intimate yet theatrical setting that resonates with French artist Marcelline Delbecq’s work. Inspired by Diane Arbus, Delbecq began her practice in photography but later turned toward voice-based performance and what she describes as “narrative cinematography.” Her interest in cinema, she says, arises not necessarily from a romance with the moving image but rather from a love of screenplays and literature.

Delbecq’s multifaceted installation Daleko (meaning “far” in Russian), 2008, activates visual and sculptural cues, conjuring atmosphere and narrative through the spoken word. The visual center of the work is a color photograph of a river flowing at the edge of a thick forest,

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