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Tatiana Trouvé

Gagosian | 980 Madison Avenue

In a text accompanying her long-overdue US debut, at Gagosian uptown, Tatiana Trouvé remarks that “the body is simply of no use” when encountering her sculptures. Though referring to her tendency to play with scale, her comment also offered a potential theoretical frame for the entire show. Staging interventions throughout the space (graphic embellishments on the floors and walls, rogue scraps of building systems, and irruptions such as portals, blockages, and cuts punctuating the spatial logic of the rooms), Trouvé intended to disorient viewers—to put them out of their comfort zone, literally and figuratively. And while the unease she generated initially emerged from the material register of objects and space and viewers’ attempts to bodily navigate both, it rapidly spread from the realm of the physical to the province of the metaphysical.

Born in Italy and currently based in Paris,

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