8m2 Loneliness

Brognon Rollin

  • Aluminium, clock, motion detector
  • 190 x 40 x 9 cm
  • MJS Collection, Paris

What's important in the work of David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin, comes from their obsessions about exclusion, time, and systems of confinement (physical or mental) that they translate into their projects with a particular attention on the eyes of society towards its margins. 8m² Loneliness was created following the stint at the Écouvres Detention Centre (France) by David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin where an inmate confided to them: "When I return to my cell, it is my personal time that begins".

In the form of a clock, the artists decide to represent their psychological perception of time in the prison space, the B135 cell of 8m². The clock stops when you enter it, resumes when you leave, and makes up for the downtime. Placed in the Saint-Savinien Church, which used to be a prison, this work reveals the contrast between the free living time in social space and the time that stops in the solitude of confinement.

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Saint-Savinien Church Until Then Brognon Rollin

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"Since 2006, David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin, "Explorers of the Abyss", have been probing existential faults, observing figures of the fall and forms of alienation. Rubbing constantly against the fringes of society, they offer modest and modest monuments to the "off-axes". There is no complacency or temptation in their fascination for the "marginal", who is first moved by the search for a spark in the dark. Addiction and melancholy rub shoulders, but without chatter or literality. Because it's not about screaming in their work, it's more about whispering. One enters it in the mode of shared secrecy, of confidence.

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