— 17 nov 2018
Erect a cardboard house, like putting up a row of tents for refugees. A simple gesture performed like a robot.
Roll it out, mark it, make the cuts, assemble the parts, erect the structure, then start over again. Everything seems perfect except for the cloud that thickens and darkens…
Maison Mère/Mother house is the first of a cycle of three performances, the next two, scheduled for 2019, entitled Temple Père/Father Temple and La Rencontre Interdite/The Forbidden Meeting.
At the invitation of the 2017 Contemporary Art event “documenta 14” held in Germany and Greece, Phia Ménard provides her answer to the topic “Learning from Athens”: the erecting of her Parthenon, a metaphor for the never-ending reconstruction of Europe.