View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Anicka Yi, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini
Anicka Yi creates tactile and fragrant sculptures, paintings, and installations that play on the paradox between the enduring, the impermanence and timelessness of art. “I'm interested in connections between materials and materialism, states of perishability and their relationship to meaning and value, consumerist digestion and cultural metabolism,” she says.
These two tumble dryer doors act as diffusers. They invite the viewer to open their portholes to discover the scent of burning paper in the first washing machine and the perfume made to forget, named Aliens and Alzheimer’s in the second. This perfume was conceived by Barnabé Fillion. In collaboration with the Foundation, Anicka Yi has conceived a book in a limited edition which is entitled 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, a Memoir imbued with this scent of amnesia. The Last Diamond underscores the limits of sensory knowledge, the olfactory in particular. As the other “alchemical concoctions" that Yi produces, the artwork blurs the landmarks between the natural and the artificial, questionning the relationship between the intellectual and the corporeal. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations and the Kunsthalle Basel
Anicka Yi, The Last Diamond
Anicka Yi, The Last Diamond, Kunsthalle Basel, 2015 © Philipp Hänger

Production specifications

The Fondation preserves and documents traces of the works at various stages of their creation (sketches, models, prototypes, etc.).
Vue de l'exposition Faisons de l'inconnu un allié
du 11 au 23 octobre 2016, 16 rue Debelleyme, Paris
11 October 2016
Vues de l'exposition 7,070,430K of Digital Spit à la Kunsthalle Basel
du 12 juin au 16 août 2015 - première exposition monographique de l'artiste en Europe.
12 June 2015
Empaquetage des livres 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, a Memoir
11 June 2015
Mise en flacon du parfum d'Anicka Yi
03 June 2015
Finalisation du livre 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, a Memoir
04 May 2015
Fabrication de la fragrance chez Amarolab
02 April 2015
Changement d'intensité de la fragrance
11 March 2015
Préparation des pages du livre 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, a Memoir
17 February 2015
Discussion du projet d'Anicka Yi à Lafayette Anticipations
Recherche sur le parfum entre Anicka Yi et Barnabé Fillion
04 December 2014
Anicka Yi