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Shana Moulton

Born 1976 in Oakhurst (USA),
lives and works in Santa Barbara (USA)

Characterised by a certain plasticity and visual strangeness, inspired by New Age philosophy and populated by TV shopping purchases, Shana Moulton’s world materialises in the form of performances, videos, sculptures and installations. Here, she devises a new artwork split between Presqu’Île / Rue du Président Carnot (in Lyon’s second arrondissement) and the Fagor factory, creating an unsettling sense of déjà vu and tele-transportation between the city centre and the centre of the Biennale. The artist has designed two large arches serving as a literal and metaphorical passageway, topped by strong symbols among which is the “eye of providence” — an open eye in a pyramid, both omniscient and spiritual. This eye is also a symbol featured on American dollar bills — a reference to consumer society and a way of embedding the work in an economic landscape. The side sections of the two pieces are covered by a purple aquatic pattern. Symbol of spirituality, purple is the last color of the rainbow, and thus signifies a threshold towards the unknown. Experiencing each arch is the opportunity for an escape that adds a degree of magic to everyday life.

Venue : rue du Président Carnot

With support from three Lyon streets: Rues République, Grolée and Carnot.

Shana Moulton, Destiny Oracle Portal, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste et [of the artist and] Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris/Marseille ; Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich © Blaise Adilon