Marguerite Li-Garrigue, Un Grain

Friday 24 May 2024 from 6:30pm to 8pm

Free upon registration

Activation of the work at 7pm

In 2023, the Emmaüs Solidarité Prize for Contemporary Creation was awarded to Marguerite Li-Garrigue and her inflatable sculpture 'Un Grain'.

Lafayette Anticipations is hosting the Emmaüs Solidarité Prize for Contemporary Art, which invites people supported by the association to elect a young artist to produce a collaborative work.

A seed, a whale, a boat, an egg, a chrysalis... Un Grain is an inflatable sculpture that evokes all of these at once. The result of a meeting between the artist's abundant dream world and the concerted imaginations of the participants, this ephemeral work interprets the phenomenon of metamorphosis.

Inspired by the Yi King, the book of mutations, the manipulation of this gigantic object recounts the birth of a beast, the life of a symbiotic colony and the end of a cycle. It invites us to reflect on the impermanence of things and the need for change.

About the Emmaus Solidarity Prize for Contemporary Art
Each year, the Emmaüs Solidarité Prize for Contemporary Art combines the fight against exclusion and civic commitment with the creative processes of the young contemporary art scene. Designed as a way of opening up to artistic practice and artists, the prize offers people supported by the association the chance to collectively elect a young artist to produce a collaborative work. In 2023, this prize brought together 14 people from Emmaüs Solidarité.
Marguerite Li-Garrigue is a Franco-Chinese artist whose work is centred on the creation of dreamlike worlds in which characters are both endearing and repulsive.

Mutation and metamorphosis are subjects that have always preoccupied her. Equally influenced by the work of sociologist Elizabeth Woledge on intimacy and utopia, she explores the imaginary lands of Intimatopia in her artistic research. 

She graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2017 in sculpture, installation and performance. She studied entomology and natural sciences for 6 months in the United States in the art and biology laboratory at the School of Visual Art in New York. 

In 2018 she was awarded the Ebstein Prize for Contemporary Sculpture.