Jagna Cicuta was born in 1977 in NOWY DWOR MAZOWIECKI, Poland. Now living and working in Paris, she is developing a protean and processual practice, linked to the very status of the exhibition. She deals both with the forms used to represent works of art – such as displays and documentation – and with the question of authority inherent in an exhibition produced in a given context.
Invited by the Frac Champagne-Ardenne to present an exhibition at the Centre d’art contemporain Passages, Jagna Ciuchta’s Silver Cover is an original project based on the Frac’s collection, and more specifically on a 1974 work by Polish artist Roman Cieslewicz entitled Femme Fatale. Although this silkscreen print is not physically present in the exhibition, it is its main articulation, the work from which the entire project deployed within the walls of the art center has developed. Rather than borrowing works from the Frac Champagne-Ardenne collection, Jagna has chosen to invite four artists – Eva Barto, Éléonore Chêneau, Céline Vaché-Olivieri, France Valliccioni – who are not represented there, but whose issues resonate with the Frac collection.
She then designed a specific “display” for these potential works from the collection, highlighting them while taking pleasure in appropriating and manipulating them. Between a desire to share, to work together and a certain form of “vampirism”, Jagna CIuchta deploys an ambivalent, yet humorous staging that pokes fun at classic forms of art presentation (the pedestal, the cyma, the territory of the work, the documentation photograph) and offers a new point of view on the works successfully presented here.
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