Nelly Agassi at Pola Magnetyczne in Warsaw with Nicolas Grospierre
From the 20th of September to the 2nd of November, 2019
In Longue Durée, Nelly Agassi and Nicolas Grospierre develop a visual dialogue which
revolves around time, architecture, and the physical absence of light. “Longue durée” – the
long run – should be seen as a view on things, perceived over a long period of time, and
focusing on the longstanding and imperceptibly slow changing events and their
consequences, and understood as perhaps the most fundamental aspects of reality.
In Heliography, Nicolas Grospierre’s new body of works, the photographer abandons one
of his favourite topics, architecture, to deliver works that could be seen as the antithesis of
Cartier Bressons’s concept of “decisive moment”. It is indeed the long perspective that is
essential in Heliography, which could be described as photography without film, without
camera, and even without paper: geometric patterns created by the sun over colorful
velvet canvases, exposed over a period of 5 months.
The long run is equally essential in Nelly Agassi’s practice, and her re-interpretation of
architecture. In Longue Durée, Nelly Agassi deals with the the biography of the building
housing the Pola Magnetyczne gallery. Plein-Air, one of her minimalist yet masterful
interventions, revives architectural elements once integral to the house, and which have
disappeared: the windows of the gallery space. Marking the absence of these windows
allows her to connect with the long history of the house and explore erasure, preservation,
and architecture’s capacity to change and repurpose by its users and by time, while at
the same time echoing Grospierre’s Heliography, by referring to the absence/presence of
light which the window allow, and which is fundamental in Grospierre’s works.
Born out of the visual exchange between two autonomous artistic sensitivities, Longue
Duréee eventually hints at notions of time, memory and immanent change, often
imperceptible to the naked eye.