Work from the Collection

Father Form

Date: 2017
Medium: Sculpture
Materials: Mirror polished steel
Dimensions: 415 x 95 x 95 cm
Collection: Lafayette anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin

Tarik Kiswanson designed this polished steel sculpture for a solo exhibition at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris. The oblong and tapered shape of this large sheet metal mobile responded to the vaulted ceilings and Cistercian architecture of the former sacristy. The artist spent several weeks polishing these metal strips for them to take on the appearance of a mirror and reflect their surroundings. He sought to create a special relationship between the imposing architecture of the sacristy and the body and the gaze of the spectators, who are invited to enter the sculpture and play with the lines of mirrored steel to see their own reflection multiply. This suspended sculpture exerts a strange attraction that owes much to the ambiguity of its form and its title Father Form: at once light and enveloping, it invites us to take refuge in it as if in a cocoon, while its long, tapering metal blades evoke a kind of futuristic cage or prison.

Text written by Marianne Tricoire as part of the partnership between the École du Louvre and Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin.


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