From October 11, 2009 to January 3, 2010, Passage à faune, a double exhibition by Bertille Bak & Damien Cadio, curated by Sophie Kaplan.
Bertille Bak and Damien Cadio work very differently: Bak is a maker of films, drawings and installations, while Cadio is primarily a painter. While Bak, as vigilant as an ethnologist, finds her subject matter in raw reality and close to the earth—members of a former mining community, an ant colony—Cadio's canvases are not taken directly from life, but rather from pre-existing images like found photographs, paintings and films.
Both artists, however, reuse these materials borrowed more or less directly from reality to build or generate fictions. In Bak's case narrative is linear, while offering many digressions and near-autonomous scenes and objects. Cadio works more via clues and triggers for possible fictions.They also have in common a recourse to humour that counterbalances the harshness of the world.
The exhibition traces a path between the two bodies of work, with each alternating from one room to the next. Meanwhile the corridors, those transit zones so often relegated to a secondary role, become meeting points: wildlife crossings lending themselves to interchange and continuity between different milieux and different oeuvres.
The exhibition as a whole is a wildlife crossing too, with the key to be sought in the space between the two possible readings of the title: a creation of the Department of Roads or Pan's labyrinth? Just as Bertille Bak and Damien Cadio work between reality and fable: after all, you can put a hen to sleepjust by slipping its head under its wing...