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View of “Caroline Mesquita,” 2017. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele.

Caroline Mesquita

Fondation d'entreprise Ricard

View of “Caroline Mesquita,” 2017. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele.

“I really like when things suddenly go out of control,” French artist Caroline Mesquita has said. Here, she set the scene as a plane crash. Three installations constructed from steel and resin—The Plane Wing, The Plane Sidewall, and The Wing Tip (all works 2017)—stood as parts of an imagined aircraft. Like a stage, each installation was peopled with sculptures made of plates of brass and resin; cut, bent, and welded together, these life-size anthropomorphic figures are composed of tubular and cylindrical shapes. These are the survivors. Although static, their jointed appendages are fixed in postures of interaction.

Nameless but labeled by type, the twelve figures carry the titles The Young Businessman, The Little Prince, The Gothic Woman, The Mechanic, Mrs Doubtfire, The Pilot, The Teenager, The Berliner, The Stewardess, The Red-dressed Woman, The Pyjama Man, and The

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