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Aurélien Froment
The Second Gift
November 2 - December 2, 2012

Aurélien Froment is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Dublin. He works on a diverse range of artworks, such as films, photographs, and books that address ideas of how narrative, whether documentary or fiction, can be constructed. The shot is narrated three times (total duration = 20 min). The narrations were recorded on the occasion of the Froebel conference (Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 2010) with Norman Brosterman, a toy collector who researches Froebel’s objects and wrote the book Inventing Kindergarten (Abrams, NY, 1996), Tiffeni Goesel a kindergarten teacher, and Scott Bultman, a former toy manufacturer who organized the conference. The film looks at ways of tracing an object, from what it is made to how it is made, from what it refers in the history of forms to what it allows to project.

Aurélien Froment was born in Angers in 1976. Between 1995 and 2000, he studied at ERBA in Nantes, while applying for a professional projectionist certificate. Training at both places gave him the chance to explore the components and peripheral elements of the cinematographic experience, and thus, to imagine a practice that follows its contours. His work has since developed through exhibitions, films, publications and performances. Solo presentations were realized with several organizations in recent years, including Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Project Arts Centre, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Palais de Tokyo, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Gasworks, Wattis, Stuk, Centre Culturel Français de Milan, Le Credac, Musée d’art contemporain de Rochechouart and Pavilion. His work has been presented in group exhibitions including Tate Britain, Nam June Paik Centre, Basel Kunsthalle, Mudam, Centre Pompidou, Gwangju Biennale, Sculpture Centre and Lyon Biennale.

Courtesy the artist and Marcelle Alix, Paris
Curated by Daniel Fuller