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Tavenne’s works offer and form not only (other) 'spaces' of aesthetic experiences of body, space and self that compel the viewer to see himself and his own (surrounding) living space 'heterotopically' with other eyes, without a clearly defined view being specified. Instead, they finally lead to the fundamental question raised again and again in connection with Vincent Tavenne’s works: From what imagined images and real experiences do we create our image of the world and ultimately our image of ourselves?
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Ralph Melcher, Kathrin Elvers-Svamberk, Myriam Herbel, Babette Richter.
French sculptor Vincent Tavenne (born 1961) continually discovers new ways to experience space, through tents, pavilions, domes and spheres that he proposes as dwellings for imaginary nomads. Designed and stitched together by the self-taught architect, these structures immediately conjure a wealth of cultural associations ranging from Buckminster Fuller to Gordon Matta-Clark.