Sarah Bastide: RE/COLLECTION
February 12 – March 8, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, February 12th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Opening and visits by appointment only.
Meet and greet with the artist on February 12th and 19th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Clara Darrason is pleased to present the first solo show of French artist Sarah Bastide. In Re/collection Bastide explores the significance of her memories once removed from the intimate sphere. The exhibition is set up in a Chelsea storage unit which evokes the interstices of the artist’s attic memories and conveys the close and odd atmosphere of a cabinet of curiosity. This unconventional and confined space engages the voyeuristic self-consciousness of the visitors who scrutinize the artist’s souvenirs. In doing so, the viewers are prompted to recollect their own history and to reflect upon the remembrance of events and feelings praised, altered, appropriated or forgotten over time. At the source of Re/collection lies Bastide’s glass phials’ collection. Each of the phials contains objects or materials gathered during her journeys across Europe, South America and the United States. A dollar worshiping the firemen of September 11th; water from Baltimore’s harbor; black salt from the Catedral de Sal in Zipaquirá, Colombia. While this body of work resonates with the history, customs and inhabitants of the cities she visited, the phials collection preserves its secrets and is never fully unveiled. A video of a landscape in motion further emphasizes Bastide’s recording of time.
Particular emphasis is given to photography and its role in encapsulating time. Sarah Bastide investigates the power of imaginary narratives through vernacular photographic slides. In a metal file box, the artist juxtaposes found diapositives featuring scenes of the everyday life, along with extracts from her mother’s secret diary. In this work, Bastide interrogates the legacy and appropriation of memories between generations. The series Untitled (Londres-Paris), 2012, invokes the factor of chance in the collection of memories. Each photograph is made of several layers of shots superimposed by Bastide’s Rollei 35 LED. The seizing and instantaneousness of the present moment is explored through polaroids documenting her departure from Paris.
Ultimately, Sarah Bastide encourages the visitors to share on a tape recorder their personal memories rekindled by the exploration of her multimedia diary disclosed in the storage unit.
Sarah Bastide (born in Montpellier, France, 1988) lives and works in Paris and New York. Her work was featured in the group exhibition Stories of a Place at the Bétonsalon Centre for Art and Research, Paris (2013). She has received a BA and a master’s degree in Art History at La Sorbonne (Paris) and Columbia University (NY). Bastide was a curatorial assistant in 2014 at Residency Unlimited (NY) and Artists Space (NY).
For further information or to RSVP to the February 11th press preview, please contact:
Clara Darrason at or at +1.646.510.7218.
RE/COLLECTION is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm.
Manhattan Mini Storage, 510 West 21st Street Chelsea, New York, NY, 10011.
Clara Darrason has curated for AhAhAh! the exhibitions L’Echappée Belle at the Grand Palais, Paris (2012) and ESCAPE at Kowal + Odermatt Projects, Miami (2012). After two years of Art Fair organization, curating and project management in France, she moved to New York to pursue a MA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is currently working on a project space dedicated to women artists in New York.
Untitled (Londres-Paris) #1, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.