Anne-Lise Coste

Nogueras Blanchard | Barcelona

Last winter, Anne-Lise Coste undertook a sort of exorcism of five years that she spent in clinical treatment during her youth. Working quickly and obsessively, she produced a large series of drawings (and one sculpture) that deals with that early traumatic experience. The result, on view in its entirety in an exhibition titled “5 days 5 years,” was disturbing and vehement, if perfectly closed off and cohesive, making this one of the season’s best shows in Barcelona.

The series, titled “There,” 2010, does not constitute a documentary reconstruction of the episode in question, nor does it make reference to any one specific memory. The explicit and crucial concern here is, rather, the reproduction of a prolonged experience. Unlike most of Coste’s prior work, these drawings do not make use of text but refer to physical space and architecture. With a single-minded minimalism reminiscent of Samuel

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