DATES: 02/13/2019 - 03/08/2019
CURRENTLY BASED: PARIS, FRANCE
ARTIST WEBSITE: TANIAMOURAUD.COM
Tania Mouraud (born January 2, 1942, in Paris) is a contemporary French artist. Her work takes many different forms while remaining based on a real social engagement and ontological questioning; she mobilizes the viewer’s sense of self and the world in which they live.
An autodidact, Tania Mouraud began her artistic career very young with Initiation rooms, spaces dedicated to introspection. In the 1970s, through an analytical and intellectual approach, Tania Mouraud combined art and philosophy in work-based primarily on words and later on their typography, which itself adds meaning.
During the same period, she continued to grow her series of photographs. In the late 1990s, she created her first videos. The themes of anguish and responsibility in the world are the basis of her videos and draw inspiration from her life that has been marked by mourning: “… In my artistic work, from the beginning, this obsession is something fundamentally intimate that I share with the public.”
March 4, 2015, marks the debut of Tania Mouraud: A Retrospective. This is the first major monographic exhibition of the artist and was shown at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. Nine other exhibitions will accompany this retrospective in Metz in nine different places like the Regional Contemporary Art Fund of Lorraine (Frac Lorraine) and at the Galerie d’Exposition de l’Arsenal, creating a veritable journey through the city.
At the end of the sixties, Tania Mouraud’s work was concerned with questioning the relationship between art and social ties using different mediums: painting, installation, photography, sound, video, performance, etc. She proposed to add to our standard apartments a room of meditation (1968). It displays in the public space on 3 x 4 m panels. It is a statement of disagreement with a society glorifying having at the expense of the human (1977). It reflects on the decorative relations of the art and the war, on the limits of perception with the help of writing by creating “form words” (1989).