Tania Gheerbrant

Born in 1990 in Paris (France), she lives and works in Paris

Twin in the clouds and other stories, 2023
Wood, fabrics, dyes, glass lenses, chrome metal, screens, three video channels, 12 min.

Site-specific production 

Courtesy of the artist

Tania Gheerbrant presents the first part of a new multimedia project revisiting our ways of seeing, hearing, and perceiving the world. With ‘Twin in the Clouds and Other Stories’, the artist begins an in-depth research through the ages around a psychic phenomenon known as “hallucinatory”: hearing voices. If in the past these manifestations could be considered prophetic revelations, divine signs, or magic, they are today mainly the subject of medical and psychiatric studies. Far from this diagnostic approach or a quest for a scientific response, Tania Gheerbrant essentially approaches this phenomenon from an artistic and metaphorical point of view and ascertains it as a rich expression of meaning emanating from a powerful subconscious. 

To better immerse visitors in this universe, the artist creates a contemplative installation facing the landscape referring to both the boudoir and the psychoanalytic couch: sitting on this double bench implies agreeing to immerse oneself in the troubled waters of an unknown lake blurring the boundaries between documentary and fiction, the real and the imaginary. Three video lenses are inserted in the seat like portholes to inner lives. This parade of stories, images and sounds is inspired by the testimonies of people who hear voices, like the story of Jaj who, in addition to recounting his experience in a recorded interview, performs a rewriting of the song ‘Les Dingues et les Paumés’ over a clarinet tune played by Constantin Jopeck in the film. The montage also introduces the story of Aimée F., played by Jany Lauga, who talks about her conversations with birds. The whole piece is intertwined organically with landscape views created by the artist in Lugano, weaving a strong poetic link between nature and psyche, water and madness. And it is in this game of echoes that questions arise or doubts emerge redefining our understanding of what is called “mental health”. Through these flows of thoughts and voices, the artist invites an intimate reflection on how we comprehend reality, physically and emotionally. Finally, in each of these lenses, a bit of the unconscious landscapes of the visitors is reflected.

Tania Gheerbrant, It’s raining today (détail), 2021 wood, skai, gold aluminium, glass lens, tablet, colour video 3 min (loop) – Photo © Salim Santa Lucia Courtesy of the artist