May 16, 2014 - Frac Haute-Normandie - Sophie Dubosc
May 16, 2014

Sophie Dubosc

Sophie Dubosc, Bras cassé (Broken arm), 2011. Bronze sculpture, 38 x 10 x 5 cm. Frac Haute-Normandie’s collection. © All rights reserved.

Sophie Dubosc
With or Without Reason

17 May–27 July 2014

Private viewing: Friday, 16 May, 6:30pm

Frac Haute-Normandie
3, place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance 
76300 Sotteville-lès-Rouen

T +00 33 (0) 2 35 72 27 51

For her first solo show in a public institution, Sophie Dubosc is occupying the Frac’s exhibition space with a body of works that she has produced since 2005. Titled With or Without Reason, alluding to Goya’s engraving of the same name from “The Disasters of War” series (1810–1820), the artist showcases the exhibition per se to underscore her exploration of the complex and ambiguous relationships that are forged between the rational and the impulsive, free will and conditioning, the intellectual and the physical. Sophie Dubosc’s works, with their sober, streamlined forms and at the same time surrealist, minimalist and conceptual touches, assert their materiality, in plaster, hemp, fabric, ink, ashes, hair and wood, etc. Through this strong physical presence, they challenge our relationship to the body, otherness, absence and memory. 

Throughout the visit, which is designed as a series of connections and references between forms, materials and content, the artist superimposes fragments of histories with cultural, social, political, religious, artistic and personal points of reference, which reveal, in particular, processes of appropriation and misappropriation.

A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), Paris, in 2002, Sophie Dubosc has taken part in numerous group shows, including This and there (curator, Claude Closky) at the Fondation Ricard in 2012, 2001–2011, Soudain, déjà (curator, Guillaume Désanges) at the ENSBA, Paris in 2011, Antidote (curator, Guillaume Houzé) at the Galeries Lafayette Gallery, Paris, in 2008, and most recently The Black Moon (curator, Sinziana Ravini) as part of the Nouvelles Vagues programme of events, at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She was awarded the Altadis Prize in 2006, and has taught sculpture at the ESADHaR/Rouen since 2011. 

Director of the Frac Haute-Normandie: Véronique Souben

Press contact: Chloé Palau,

FRAC Haute-Normandie is funded by Haute-Normandie Regional Council, the Ministry of Culture and Communication / DRAC Haute-Normandie and Sotteville-lès-Rouen City Council.


Sophie Dubosc at Frac Haute-Normandie
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