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View of “Joëlle de La Casinière,” 2013.

Joëlle de La Casinière

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View of “Joëlle de La Casinière,” 2013.

For Joëlle de La Casinière’s first exhibition in the French capital since the early 1980s, thirty-five “tablotins”—the nomadic artist’s term for her small-scale image-and-text-infused single-sheet collages that make up the pages of her “impossible book”—were accompanied by works for radio and television that she produced with the collective she co-founded in 1972, Montfaucon Research Center. According to the artist, each tablotin provides a “cacophony of information,” defying narrative. Over the past forty years, de La Casinière has produced more than four hundred of them, filling each with drawings and writing in French, English, and Spanish, inscribed in colored pencil and fine-tipped pen. Although composed from ephemera (shiny candy wrappers, postcards, advertisements, newspaper clippings) gathered from the artist’s travels and daily life, her tablotins do not function

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