November 10, 2017 - Fondation d'entreprise Hermès - Les Mains sans sommeil
November 10, 2017

Fondation d'entreprise Hermès

Photo: Tadzio. © Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

Les Mains sans sommeil
The Sleepless Hands
November 24, 2017–January 7, 2018

Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
France

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The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès presents
 The Sleepless Hands, a group exhibition
 of works by artists who have taken part in its residencies programme in Hermès workshops over the past three years.

With: Bianca Argimon (b. 1988, Belgium), Jennifer Avery (b. 1983, United States), Clarissa Baumann (b. 1988, Brazil), Lucia Bru (b. 1970, Belgium), Io Burgard (b. 1987, France), Anastasia Douka (b. 1979, Greece), Célia Gondol (b. 1985, France), DH McNabb (b. 1980, United States), Lucie Picandet (b. 1982, France)

Curator: Gaël Charbau

The artists’ residencies programme in workshops
Since 2010, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has invited visual artists mentored by leading gures on the contemporary scene to discover the exceptional artisan skills applied at the Hermès workshops, primarily in France. The annual programme gives artists complete creative freedom to imagine and produce new works using the nest materials (silk, leather, silver, crystal…) in collaboration with the workshop artisans. Each residency is a unique creative adventure, challenging artists to re-locate their practice in a completely new context.

The mentors of this second cycle of residencies in Hermès workshops are: Jean-Michel Alberola (b. 1953, France), Ann Veronica Janssens (b. 1956, United Kingdom), Richard Fishman (b. 1941, United States).

The exhibition
“With The Sleepless Hands, my aim is to focus attention on the movements and gestures I have observed through my conversations with artists and artisans who have taken part in the last three years of the residencies programme in the Hermès workshops.

It is not only conscious gestures, the result of deliberate ‘mind-to-hand or mind-to-body’ coordination, but the acquired autonomy of the skilled hand in particular, which acts as if ‘detached’ from the mind’s control.Artists and artisans are the repositories of this phenomenon.They take parallel, perfectly complementary approaches: artisans transmit gestures guided by expertise, while artists invent forms traversed by a spirit of laisser-faire.

At Palais de Tokyo, the works produced by the nine artists who have taken part over the past three years in the Residencies programme of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès are being accompanied by other works by these same artists, so as to show the context in which they fit: from one studio to another, from an intimate space to a factory, from one intuition to the next... ”

–Gaël Charbau

Save the dates
Performances by Jennifer Avery, Clarissa Baumann and Célia Gondol have been planned for this exhibition.

Thursday, November 23, 9pm: performance by Clarissa Baumann
Thursday, November 30, 6pm: performance by Jennifer Avery with Ky Why
Thursday, December 7, 6pm: performance by Clarissa Baumann with Louise Leverd and Olavo Vianna
Saturday, December 2, 4pm: performance by Célia Gondol with Lynda Rahal
Sunday, December 10, 4pm and 6pm: performances by Célia Gondol and Clarissa Baumann
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 4pm: performance by Célia Gondol with Olivier Normand


The Sleepless Hands marks the end of the second cycle and the opening of the third cycle of the programme. The mentors of the third cycle (2017 to 2019) of residencies in Hermès workshops will be: Michel Blazy (b. 1966, Monaco), Isabelle Cornaro (b. 1974, France), Françoise Pétrovitch (b. 1964, France). 

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