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Ismaïl Bahri, Invisible Concern
Le Forum, Tokyo, from 18.10.2019 to 13.01.2020



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Ismaïl Bahri, Invisible Concern

EXHIBITION FROM OCTOBER 18, 2019 TO JANUARY 13, 2020

LE FORUM, TOKYO
Ginza Maison Hermès “Le Forum”
8F-5-4-1 Ginza Chuo-ku 104-0061 Tokyo


©Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

It is with great pleasure that we welcome guest curator Guillaume Désanges, who presents Invisible Concern, a solo exhibition by the Paris and Tunis-based artist Ismaïl Bahri.

One of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès’s principal activities is overseeing art galleries in four locations around the world : Tokyo, Brussels, Saint-Louis (in the Lorraine region of eastern France), and Seoul. Guillaume Désanges is the curator for La Verrière in Brussels and this exhibition continues the experimental approach toward perception that started in Bahri’s Des gestes à peine déposés dans un paysage agité (Light Gestures in an Agitated Landscape) (2018), an exhibition that was held in La Verrière in Brussels.

Since the late 2000s, Ismaïl Bahri has produced a series of works based on minimal situations and gestures. These tranquil works, which capture the essence of their materials, seem to deal with highly revelatory acts that evoke a kind of magic. For example, in one work, Bahri balled up some pages from a magazine. In the process, the ink from the crumpled paper was transferred to his hands until the printed images slowly disappeared. In another work, Bahri began by stretching out an invisible thread. Then, due solely to a curve created by water droplets that were conveyed across the thread, it assumed a barely visible form, gradually created a puddle in the space. In still another work, Bahri shot urban landscapes through the inky surface of a glass and the white shadow of a piece of paper attached to the front of the camera lens. Bahri employs
rigorous rules to make his works, paying close attention to accidents and details caused by unplanned events, and minute variations. His works arise from intuitive experiments, creating spaces with different horizons and extended temporal frameworks.

In this exhibition, Invisible Concern, Bahri transforms the Ginza Maison Hermès building into a kind of optical device, which by turns reveals and conceals the outside world. Focusing on the artist’s most recent pieces, the installation comprises works with a variety of formats, including videos, objects, drawings and paintings. Each of the works poses questions about how we perceive light itself from inside and outside the device, which obscures our vision. The random play of light and shade, the product of experiments and observations founded on meticulous logic, shed light on the unstable relationship that wavers between the visible and invisible. Bahri’s perception experiments ask how it is possible to maintain an appropriate distance between the ineffable anxiety hidden beneath the surface of things and an indistinct world.


FRANÇAIS

ISMAIL BAHRI
INVISIBLE CONCERN

EXPOSITION DU 18 OCTOBRE 2019 AU 13 JANVIER 2020

LE FORUM, TOKYO




©Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès