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Abraham Poincheval

Born 1972 in Alençon (France),
lives and works in Marseille (France)

Abraham Poincheval’s performances involve exploring the world and experimenting with time through unique living conditions. He reconsiders how we relate to our immediate surroundings, inspired by myths and stories, through experiences such as living underground in a hole measuring 60 centimetres in diameter, sensing the rhythm of the mineral kingdom by spending a week in a stone, and living 20 metres above the ground, confined in emptiness. For the Biennale, Abraham Poincheval is surveying the cloud canopy. Video images partly disclose the expedition that the artist went on to explore the sky in search of a shifting landscape, where mountains and furrows are undone and reborn with every passing moment. Contemplated, mapped and interpreted, menacing or protective — clouds are also prized in the age of global warming. Several dozens of metres up in the air, Abraham Poincheval walked through a borderless territory consisting of water, terrestrial particles and celestial dust.

With the support of ESKER and Aéroports de Lyon / VINCI Airports
With the support of Galerie Semiose et avec l’aimable participation de Benjamin Rebreyend et Espace et Cie
Remerciements : Noui Baiben, Dany Cleyet-Marrel, Laurent Michel, Benjamin Rebreyend

Abraham Poincheval, Marche sur les nuages, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste et [of the artist and] Semiose galerie, Paris. © Adagp, Paris, 2019. Photo : Christophe Fiorletta