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Galerie Les filles du Calvaire

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Paulien Oltheten

Suitcase routines, scenes of the improbable

Paulien Oltheten

Exhibition from 6th May to 20th June 2020

[ Opening on Tuesday 5th May 2020 from 6pm to 9pm ]

In her first solo show at Galerie Les filles du calvaire in Paris, Oltheten takes us to several places she intensely investigated in the past years: countries like Iran and Russia, but also the Les Olympiades neigborhood and La Défense financial district in Paris. In such places she observes and follows people passing by, sometimes weaving personal relationships with them.

With humor and ingenuity she imagines improbable relationships between humans, their belongings and their use of public space. Like she creates encounters between a science book, a family album and a former schoolteacher’s suitcase, in an ambiguous play on the expectations of documentary and photographic truth.

Paulien Oltheten, Shadow, Notebook 1 (page 3)La défense, Performance (videostill), 2017