If, from afar, And then the moon appears between the branches… appears as a work that is “precise and segmented, minimal and emotional, aesthetic and deep”, its impact is not only visual. Upon closer inspection, the canvas seems to be imbued with a hidden political meaning. The artist’s use of carbon paper ink is a direct reference to the clandestine tracts distributed in May 1968, a period of utopian speeches when it was still possible to believe in a veritable change in society. Latifa Echakhch thus reveals her disillusionment in face of the eradication of a desire for revolt, taken over by individualism, as she questions “with economy and precision the importance of symbols, as Alfred Pacquement explained as director of the Musée national d’art moderne on the occasion of the exhibition devoted to the artist as the winner of the Marcel Duchamp prize at the Centre Pompidou in 2014.
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