Judith Hopf, Rest (Apple Peel 1), 2022 / Photo Pierre Antoine
Énergies / Judith Hopf
Sep 22 – Dec 11, 2022
le plateau
Paris, France

Le Plateau is partnering with Bétonsalon to host a two-part exhibition by Judith Hopf. Since the 2000s, the German artist has been making sculptures and films fueled by reflections on the relationships that human beings have with technology. For this first monographic exhibition in France, orchestrated by three curators: François Aubart, Xavier Franceschi and Émilie Renard, Judith Hopf unites existing and previously unseen works. The title, Energies, refers to what powers each of our electrical appliances, considered from a technical as well as a philosophical point of view.

While at Bétonsalon the artworks revolve around the consumption of energy, at Le Plateau the production of energy is the focus. Judith Hopf has created several works for the occasion that evoke the transformation of meteorological phenomena such as rain and sun into electricity.

This mastery of the environment is also expressed in sculptures made from solar panels that have been nibbled like a Swiss cheese or have holes in them so that we can see through them and observe what is behind them. The instrumentalisation of the landscape that she enables us to see also animates the sculptures of animals that recall a nature that has become serialized and dehumanized, a world where rationality prevails over attention to the living.

This exhibition uses oppositions between natural evolution and stubborn growth to compose scathing scenarios that are even more devastating because they represent our daily lives.

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