Latifa Echakhch: Le jardin mécanique

Invited by the NMNM to create an exhibition for Villa Sauber before its closure for renovation, Latifa Echakhch devised an installation inspired by the tradition of the Romantic landscape, with representations of lush vegetation and ruins. Le jardin mécanique brings together memories of the 19th-century development of Monte-Carlo – featuring, for example, the construction of the Opéra Garnier and the laying out of the Exotic Garden – and the childhood impressions and memories of the artist. On the scale of a villa, it plays on our perception of space and time and considers how nature might survive in a post-apocalyptic décor.