Johanna Cartier

11 Jun — 11 Sep 2021

Each year since 2013, the Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain and Documents d’Artistes Bretagne have selected two artists from Brittany for a residency. The laureates are invited to reside in Brest, to work in the art center studio for a period of 3 months and to produce an original exhibition. Following her residency, Johanna Cartier (born in 1996) is presenting Turfur on the upper floor of Passerelle. A graduate of the École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne (European Academy of Art in Brittany), Rennes campus, in 2019, for several years Johanna Cartier has developed works imbued with adolescent codes, resounding with popular music or scrutinizing rural areas with empathy and her own experience.

After a passion for dog shows, another type of animal competition has now captivated Johanna Cartier: that of equestrian world. Bringing together films, sculptures and paintings, the Turfur exhibition results from an observation of this very specific universe, navigating between sport and gambling. This masculine world revolves around the betting shop, the local bar and lottery ticket counters. The design of these places is dated or kitsch, the atmosphere is that of a France that is invisible and has been made invisible, lulled by the sound of non-stop tv news broadcasts.

The title Turfur is a portmanteau word that can be read at several levels. Firstly, the English word ‘turf’ refers to the land used for horse-racing and by extension riding and activities related to racing. This title also evokes the French ‘verlan’ or reverse slang for ‘future’, widely used in urban language, especially in rap. By the way, “turf” can also mean an area, a group or... [lire plus]

In partnership with Documents D’Artistes Bretagne
As part of the programme Les Chantiers | Résidence

With the support of Suravenir, an affiliate of Crédit Mutuel ARKEA