Martine Aballéa (born 1950) is impossible to categorise. Since the start of her career in 1975, her multiform artistic practice has been composed of multiples (postcards, artist’s books, posters etc), objects and installations that bring imaginary places, mysterious intrigues and stories to life. She precisely combines texts and photographic images that have been corrected, edited and colorized (without attempting to preserve a natural effect) and by these means takes the mind on a great journey. Martine Aballéa invites the spectator to go for a walk with her.
Early on in her practice, she became fond of creating imaginary establishments such as L’Hôtel passager, which gained an actual physical incarnation at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1999. The hotel, the bedroom and the living room are recurrent motifs chosen for their fictional potential and because they are spaces of fleeting intimacy. In 2017, Martine developed a new fictional narrative, the Musée des Amours, with an installation presented at the festival EXTRA ! at the Centre Georges-Pompidou, a series of photos and a book.
Hanna Alkema for AWARE (Archives of Women Artists Research & Exhibitions)
This text was written for our participation to Art Paris Art Fair 2019, A gaze at women artists in France x AWARE