Laurent Pernot
Ruée vers la perdition
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Curator: Daria de Beauvais
02.12.2011 – 30.12.2011


This exhibition was presented as part of SAM Prize for Contemporary Art.
Laurent Pernot works mainly with video but also has an interest in photography and installation. He creates short scenes shrouded in mystery that sometimes lead to confusion; the off-screen, together attractive and frightening, seems to hold the key. Through poetic language, and some delicate audio work, the young artist recreates dreamlike worlds and evokes the supernatural. He glorifies nature while playing with our memories and views of the future. He tries to make us feel disorientated and to trigger amazement in us. The exhibition “Ruée vers la perdition” [Rush to Iniquity] invites us to reflect between past and present. It showcases a collection of works created in Brazil – more precisely in the Minas Gerais region, where acivilization grew at the end of the 17th Century as a result of one of the greatest gold rushes in history. The eponymous video makes us dive into the darkness of today’s abandoned gold mines, linking them with images of artworks made with metal extracted from those very mountains. It shows a sculpture of a donkey resembling an archeological discovery, partly buried in the ground. Further away, appears a hearth, its branches and twigs ready to burn for warming, or protecting, and covered with gold, taking on a valuable character.