• January 12, 2011
  • Posted by Marc

One Not To Miss: Prune Nourry’s HOLY DAUGHTERS in Paris


Sophie Ubald Bocquet
et Tatyana Franck, commissaire,
vous invitent à découvrir les oeuvres de l’artiste
Prune Nourry

Sculptures et installations

Vernissage le jeudi 13 janvier 2011 à partir de 18h
Mises en bouche au sein et au biberon

68, rue Léon Frot, Paris 11e
métro Charonne
du 14 au 23 janvier 2011
tous les jours de 12h à 20h

From Tatyana Franck, curator of the exhibition Holy Daughters:

If I were to define Prune’s personality and her art is this mantra: “Be daring, be first, be different, be right”.

Prune is fearless. When I first met her, she almost immediately asked me for a strand of my hair as a sample for an artwork she was doing about the human body… 

What is audacity in art ? Pertinence and impertinence in a given context. Prune has chosen a controversial topic: that of selective abortion in India… and although she has no prior expertise in this field, she is friendly and persistant, and met with many different people, all related one way or another, to this dramatic subject. 

Art aims at transgression to break new ground but nowadays, it does not go very far: it is mostly ritualised and framed. Prune is a risk-taker, willing to roll the dice with her reputation on the line to bring to fruition a project that crosses many different disciplines: art, sociology, medical science, anthropology, philosophy. Bold are those who cross disciplines, and she has done this for a couple of years in relation to this specific project which has involved a gréât deal of homework and research on the different aspects of the topic.

Through the selected art works, Prune asserts her own vision through her imagination and ability to transform matter into sculptures and pictures. There is something extreme in her work : it is pure, even if it highlights hybridism while redefining modern humanism as only art can. There is no sacrilege in her Holy Daughters. Audacity is not provocation, even if it transgresses aesthetic standards and codes. 

Her boldness is humble, a very physical and very moving experience. The variety of mediums, the use of scientific devices, the grassroots experience of Indian streets… Prune is questioning forms human behaviour. With great respect and affection for the Indian culture, she puts into perspective attitudes, which that so often threaten the wellbeing of girls and women.

While wishing to make a point about human behaviour, as well as taking full responsability for this venture, Prune shows that though plans are pointless, planning is indispensable. She believes her success should be based on partnerships. She wanted the three of us to collaborate on this exhibition: the artist, a curator and a collector, independants. Together we found an interestingvenue for our pop-up exhibition that makes Prune’s iconoclastic art even more appealing. 

A little too bold, Prune’s follow-your-gut mentality to turn people into better people. Optimists know how much the world can made a better place…”