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Taus Makhacheva

Born 1983 in Moscow (Russia),
lives and works in Moscow (Russia)

Humorous yet critical of contemporary society, Taus Makhacheva’s works examine classical forms of historiography, dominant cultural conventions and gender issues. Her work for the Biennale evolves from the story of the hot air balloon Le Flesselles, which made its one and only flight in Lyon on January 19th, 1784. Inspired by the methods of teaching costume design at Lycée La Martinière Diderot in Lyon, Taus Makhacheva produced a metaphorical replica of this first hot air balloon. Combining students’ expertise in dressmaking techniques with materials from various eras, such as crinoline, she addresses rigid structures which were, at the time, often criticised as instruments of oppression but also celebrated as markers of private space under protection. Suspended in the air, the balloon looks like “a patchwork of irregular shapes, recounting in sewing stitches a history of technology and fashion, of tools and bodies.”

Artist-in-residence SAM Art Projects
With the generous support of SAM Art Projects and with the kind collaboration of the textile sector and François Mallet of Lycée La Martinière Diderot and Noémie Edel

With the kind collaboration of Musée des Arts de la Marionnette

Acknowledgements : Jessie Charbonneau, Dany Cleyet-Marrel, Noémie Edel, Sandra Hegedüs, François Mallet, Aymeric Moizard, Brigitte Sanvoisi

Taus Makhacheva, Aerostatic Experience, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste [of the artist]. © Blaise Adilon