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JOUVENCX by Lou Masduraud

a solo project for NUIT BLANCHE 2020
from Oct. 3rd to Dec. 12th, 2020
at Maison Populaire, Montreuil (FR)


Lou Masduraud is interested in spaces and practices of collective life, as well as the systems that make them possible. In her installations, realized contextually and in situ, she works on formal and informal networks of human activities. The more or less visible machinery (electrical networks, public lighting, sewers, underground tunnels) that constantly pumps and evacuates the flows necessary for the life of the city are her formal inspirations. Lampposts, air vents, mailboxes then become skylights toward the interior of the city's body, giving a glimpse of the negative places inhabited by the structures and architectures on which we depend to live.

In these interstitial places, she opens phantasmagorical spaces, outraged mirrors of reality, from a critical and feminist perspective. Whether they deal with the emotional economies of labour and  hierarchical chains, the politics of self-organization and intellectual emancipation, or our relationship to ecology and ecosystems, her works are objects to make us think about our relationships with each other and our environments.

Begun in 2018, the evolutionary project Active Substances presents here its fifth iteration and deploys itself outdoors for the first time. These installations borrow their forms from urban hydraulic technologies: public fountains, washhouses and drinking fountains. Here they host natural and medicinal decoctions of St. John's wort, immortelle and savory (with anxiolytic, analgesic and aphrodisiac virtues) to ward off the miasmas of the year 2020. Composed of a public fountain and two glazed ceramic urinals, JOUVENCX offers the public a collective treatment to smell.

Lou Masduraud (born in 1990, lives and works in Lyon and Geneva) will present her first monographic exhibition in France at Maison Populaire in 2021.

photo credits: Simon·e Thiébaut
graphic design: Roxanne Maillet

This project is made possible thanks to the curatorial residency of Maison populaire, with the support of Ministère de la Culture - DRAC Île-de-France, Conseil régional d’Île-de-France, Conseil départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Ville de Montreuil, and Métropole du Grand Paris..