Marlène Mocquet. Ascendance

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Marlène Mocquet. Ascendance, Paris, Éditions Lord Byron, 2023

1st edition
Edition of 700 copies
Hardcover, 24 x 26 cm, 164 pages
French English edition
Translated in English by David Michaelson and Jonathan Michaelson
ISBN : 978-2-491901-40-0

The catalog Marlène Mocquet. Ascendance documents the artist's solo exhibition, which runs from October 8, 2022 to March 27, 2023 at the Joseph Déchelette Museum in Roanne. The catalog includes a preface by Yves Nicolin and texts by Bruno Ythier, Numa Hambursin and Franck Pinay-Rabaroust.

"When Marlène Mocquet leave this world, hers will close on itself. Too personal and singular, it could not suffer any descendants. However, like the great works of the mind, it will continue its path, protected from imbecilic disturbances by the coherence of its excessiveness." (Numa Hambursin)

Marlène Mocquet was born in 1979 in Maison-Alfort. She lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris with honors. Christian Lacroix is one of her first admirers, who offers her the realization of a window of his store in the place Saint-Sulpice in Paris. Since 2007, he has had several solo exhibitions in art galleries such as Haunch of Venison and Freight + Volume Gallery in New York, Alain Gutharc and Laurent Godin Galleries in Paris and Galerie de la Béraudière in Brussels. Her work has also been the subject of monographic exhibitions in numerous French institutions such as the Galerie Edouard Manet in Gennevilliers in 2008, the Musée d'art contemporain de la ville de Lyon in 2009, the Musée de l'Abbaye de Sainte-Croix in Les Sables d'Olonne in 2012, and the Maison des Arts de Malakoff in 2013 where she exhibited for the first time the sculptures created during her residency at the Manufacture de Sèvres. In 2017, she repeated the experience at the Museum of Hunting and Nature in an immersive exhibition, a character that will now become a leitmotif in the way she wants to present her work.

Bruno Ythier is an anthropologist by training and a graduate of the EHESS, and is an advisor for museums at the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Director of the Joseph Déchelette Museum in Roanne until 2023, he was previously curator of the Cité de la Tapisserie in Aubusson from 2012 after having been in post at the Museum of Lace Manufactures in Retournac from 2004.

Born in Montpellier in 1979, Numa Hambursin is an author, art critic, curator and director of French institutions specializing in contemporary art. Artistic director of Carré Sainte-Anne in Montpellier from 2010 to 2017, a place dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions, and then head of contemporary and modern art in the city of Cannes, he has exhibited numerous artists including Carole Benzaken, Robert Combas, Marc Desgranchamps, Hervé Di Rosa, Gérard Garouste, Jonathan Meese, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Chiharu Shiota and Barthélémy Toguo. From 2013, he piloted the contemporary art program of the Société Hélénis, and then took over the direction of the Fondation GGL-Hélénis established in the Hôtel Richier de Belleval, the former town hall of the City of Montpellier. In 2021, he became general manager of Mo.Co, Montpellier Contemporary.

A former editor of the Michelin guide, Franck Pinay-Rabaroust is a journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of the independent information website since 2010, and of the newsletter Bouillantes since 2023, dedicated to gastronomy.