Sainte Chapelle


RADOUAN ZEGHIDOUR



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Opening on Saturday, October 12th 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Exhibition 12.10 – 16.11.2019


Cité, the largest of the Parisian islands, has been radically transformed in the space of a
year. One badly extinguished cigarette butt, and the millenary forest went up in flames.
When the High Court of Paris was relegated to the Porte de Clichy, the oldest judicial
body disappeared: the Palais de la Cité, whose dungeons imprisoned Marie-Antoinette,
Robespierre, Ravachol and all the other anonymous accused or condemned Parisians.
The Palais still bears the scars of those times, like an archaeological museum of broken
laws. The corridors and waiting benches are marked by their passages: places of limbo
saturated with inscriptions, drawings, crypts and engraved signatures which can be read
as a last testament prior to sentencing.

There used to be a curious cohabitation in the Palais: the Sainte Chapelle and the Prison,
the Crown of Thorns like a halo over the cells several metres below, and the fragment of
the “True Cross” juxtaposing the guillotine. Today, queues of believers and tourists
armed with cameras face the queues of defendants, grasping onto their.
Forgiveness and punishment were united in the same Palais, whose bells either
announced an Office or a Sentence. Hooded people were brought together, be they
monks or prisoners. In French, capuche (hood) and chapel(le) come from the same Latin
root: Cappa.

The German translation of Dostoevsky’s Prestupleniye i Nakazanye is Crime and
Redemption
. From The House of the Dead to Demons, Dostoevsky tirelessly demonstrated
that salvation stems from the depths of perdition.
Nihilist debauchery, femmes fatales, pathological liars, incorrigible alcoholics and their
sudden ruin, cancelled marriages or suicide almost always lead to Christ.

But it was another novel that was revived by the fire of Notre Dame, The Hunchback of
Notre Dame
by Victor Hugo, in which he described the Court of Miracles, where beggars
and thieves took refuge at nightfall. The miracle being that the blind recovered their
sight and the crippled their ability to walk. Centuries passed, and this Court, like a
Phoenix, was reborn from its ashes.

LA SAPEL PORTE DE LANFER” (“La Sapel” for “La Chapelle”, the door of hell) is a tag
written in yellow on a motorway interchange bordering the Capitol.
Porte de la Chapelle, a court with no miracles, where refugees and drug addicts replace
the sickly and the coquillards, and crack dealers steal the throne of the King of Truands.
Porte de la Chapelle, the threshold beyond which the City of Light has deported its
scraps of darkness. Every evening, an ark of subhumanity sets sail, only to be stranded
on a promise: Rue de l’Évangile, where the last Calvary of the Portes de Paris sits
enthroned, mute, with a frozen gaze.



Radouan Zeghidour was born in Paris in 1989, where he presently lives and works. Zeghidour graduated from the Paris School of Fine Arts in 2016. The young artist has actively participated in group shows such as the 68th edition of Jeune Création, in 2018, and Nos ombres devant nous at the Fondation Ricard in 2017. He has also held many solo exhibitions, such as Hypogea et the Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New-York, in 2016, and LXXV Chants de Sirènes, at the Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery, London, in 2019, along with the Salon de Montrouge during that same year. Radouan Zeghidour was awarded the Prix Thaddaeus Ropac in 2014 and the Prix Felicita by the Paris School of Fine Arts, in 2017.

Radouan Zeghidour

Translated in English by Emmelene Landon


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Radouan Zeghidour, Purgatoire I, 2019, cotton fabric, carbonised wax, pigments, tatoo, copper tubes frame, 103 x 83,5 x 25,5 cm,
unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Purgatoire II, 2019, cotton fabric, carbonised wax, pigments, tatoo, copper tubes frame, 103 x 83,5 x 25,5 cm, unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Confession, 2019, wax, pigments, tatoo, variable dimensions, unique pieces. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Jus, 2019, encaustic painted stained glass, cotton fabric, wax, pigments, wood and aluminium frame, 75,5 x 70,5 x 4,5 cm, unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, La vie et dure si on ve du rêve, 2019, encaustic painted stained glass, cotton fabric, wax, pigments, neon tube, wood frame, 106 x 180 x 6 cm, unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Lex, 2019, encaustic painted stained glass, cotton fabric, wax, pigments, wood and aluminium frame, 75,5 x 70,5 x 4,5 cm, unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Car le feu qui me brûle est aussi celui qui m’éclaire, 2019, encaustic painting, velvet fabric, wax, pigments, copper tubes frame,
130 x 107,5 cm (canvas), 151,5 x 107,5 x 12,5 cm (with structure), unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Car le feu qui me brûle est aussi celui qui m’éclaire, 2019, encaustic painting, velvet fabric, wax, pigments, copper tubes frame,
130 x 107,5 cm (canvas), 151,5 x 107,5 x 12,5 cm (with structure),
unique piece
Confession, 2019, wax, pigments, tatoo, variable dimensions, unique pieces. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Confession, 2019, wax, pigments, tatoo, variable dimensions, unique pieces. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Le courage mie que l’argent, 2019, encaustic painted stained glass, cotton fabric, wax, pigments, neon tube, wood frame,
106 x 180,5 x 6 cm, unique piece
Purgatoire III, 2019, cotton fabric, carbonised wax, pigments, tatoo, LED tubes, copper tubes frame, 103 x 83 x 17,5 cm, unique piece.
Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Le courage mie que l’argent, 2019, encaustic painted stained glass, cotton fabric, wax, pigments, neon tube, wood frame,
106 x 180,5 x 6 cm, unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Purgatoire III, 2019, cotton fabric, carbonised wax, pigments, tatoo, LED tubes, copper tubes frame, 103 x 83 x 17,5 cm,
unique piece


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Radouan Zeghidour, Purgatoire III, 2019, cotton fabric, carbonised wax, pigments, tatoo, LED tubes, copper tubes frame, 103 x 83 x 17,5 cm, unique piece
Nique la Justice, 2019, sculpture, cotton fabric, wax, pigments, tatoo,
neon tube, wood and copper tubes frame,
121 x 125 x 42,5 cm, unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Nique la Justice, 2019, sculpture, cotton fabric, wax, pigments, tatoo, neon tube, wood and copper tubes frame,
121 x 125 x 42,5 cm, unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Nique la Justice, 2019, sculpture, cotton fabric, wax, pigments, tatoo, neon tube, wood and copper tubes frame,
121 x 125 x 42,5 cm, unique piece. Photo © Aurélien Mole


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Radouan Zeghidour, Ananké, 2019, print, silicone, wood, dust, golden leaf, variable dimensions, unique piece


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Radouan Zeghidour, Sainte Chapelle, 2019, video, 16 : 9 format, color, sound, 10’, edition of 5 + 2 A.P


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Radouan Zeghidour, Sainte Chapelle, 2019, video, 16 : 9 format, color, sound, 10’, edition of 5 + 2 A.P


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Radouan Zeghidour, Sainte Chapelle, 2019, video, 16 : 9 format, color, sound, 10’, edition of 5 + 2 A.P


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Radouan Zeghidour, Sainte Chapelle, 2019, video, 16 : 9 format, color, sound, 10’, edition of 5 + 2 A.P


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Radouan Zeghidour, Sainte Chapelle, 2019, video, 16 : 9 format, color, sound, 10’, edition of 5 + 2 A.P




fiac_nocturne_2019

Participation of the Dohyang Lee Gallery to the Gallery Night – FIAC, Paris, France
17.10.2019 form 6 pm to 10 pm



biennale_lyon

Participation of Jenny Feal to the 15th Lyon Biennale 2019
Là où les eaux se mêlent
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
18.09.2019 – 05.01.2020



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