Thomas Boutoux, Benjamin Thorel, Mélanie Matranga, Les presses du réel, Palais de Tokyo, 2015
Conceived as an emotional structure, “反复,” Mélanie Matranga's exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo is intentionally equivocal. Its very title—in Mandarin—puts us in an awkward situation, just as when we need to ask a stranger our way in an unknown city, or when we have to admit our inability to understand a message before being even able to start a conversation. Mélanie Matranga combines in her exhibition signs that reflect upon interiority with elements linked to social attitudes and habits. We find ourselves amid familiar objects and generic forms, in situations where self-expression, paradoxically, is possible only once identity is lost. They are places to be alone with others.
Edited by Thomas Boutoux and Benjamin Thorel.