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Caroline Mesquita

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Caroline Mesquita explores the vitality and complexity of group behavior in many of her sculptural installations and flat metal works. Raw material provides the spark that animates her narrative engagement with notions of religion, embodiment, transformation, sensuality, and sociability. Mesquita’s works are darkened, patinated and roughly textured through an oxidation process. With this technique, Mesquita manipulates the metal like a form of painting. What was once shiny, reflective and glossy is cut, grinded, welded, melted and oxidized to reveal the many elements within; shifting in texture and in tone, becoming matte, green, brown and pink. These material transformations provide a format for storytelling about the human experience and the directness of action and exchange in relationships.


Caroline Mesquita (b. 1989, Brest) lives and works in Paris. She won the 19th Fondation d'entreprise Ricard Prize in 2017. Selected solo exhibitions include SALTS, Birsfelden; 221a, Vancouver; Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris; Kunsteverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen; SpazioA, Pistoia; Centre d’art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux; Union Pacific, London; Le Bains-Douches, Paris; and 1m3, Lausanne. Mesquita has participated in group exhibitions at venues such as untilthen, Saint Ouen; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; FRAC Ile-de-France, Le Château de Rentilly; Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille; Flax Foundation, Los Angeles; Nicelle Beauchene, New York; 15ème Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris; La Générale en Manufacture, Sèvres; Chalet Society, Paris; Monnaie de Paris; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Cité internationale des arts, Paris; and La Loge Brussels, Belgium. In 2018 Mesquita participated in Art Basel's Parcours sector. 

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Caroline Mesquita,  The Machine Room , installation view at Art | Basel PARCOURS 2018, Barfüsserkirche, Basel, Switzerland 

Caroline Mesquita, The Machine Room, installation view at Art | Basel PARCOURS 2018, Barfüsserkirche, Basel, Switzerland 

Caroline Mesquita,  The Machine Room,  2018, Parcours Art Basel, Barfüsserkirche, Historisches Museum Basel 
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion.

Caroline Mesquita, The Machine Room, 2018, Parcours Art Basel, Barfüsserkirche, Historisches Museum Basel
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion.

Caroline Mesquita, The Machine Room, 2018
digital video, 12 min 22 sec

Caroline Mesquita,  Hand 2 , 2018 
Oxidized brass, 180 x 70 x 40 cm

Caroline Mesquita, Hand 2, 2018
Oxidized brass, 180 x 70 x 40 cm

Caroline Mesquita,  Voici des fleurs,  2014, group show at La Loge, Brussels, BE

Caroline Mesquita, Voici des fleurs, 2014, group show at La Loge, Brussels, BE

Caroline Mesquita,  Spaceship chain , 2017 
steel, stainless steel, resin, car paint, 90 x 185 x 90 cm

Caroline Mesquita, Spaceship chain, 2017
steel, stainless steel, resin, car paint, 90 x 185 x 90 cm

Caroline Mesquita,  Spaceship fish , 2017 
steel, stainless steel, resin, car paint, 175 x 90 x 40 cm

Caroline Mesquita, Spaceship fish, 2017
steel, stainless steel, resin, car paint, 175 x 90 x 40 cm

Caroline Mesquita,  spaceship stirrup , 2017 
steel, stainless steel, resin, car paint, 95 x 120 x 70 cm

Caroline Mesquita, spaceship stirrup, 2017
steel, stainless steel, resin, car paint, 95 x 120 x 70 cm

Les Bons Sentiments  - 19e Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, September 2017. 
Photo: Aurélien Mole / Fondation d’entreprise Ricard

Les Bons Sentiments - 19e Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, September 2017.
Photo: Aurélien Mole / Fondation d’entreprise Ricard

Caroline Mesquita,  Motorbike , 2018 
Inox, steel and car paint, 90 x 50 x 150 cm

Caroline Mesquita, Motorbike, 2018
Inox, steel and car paint, 90 x 50 x 150 cm

THE VISITORS , exhibition view at SALTS, 2017. Gunnar Meier Photography.

THE VISITORS, exhibition view at SALTS, 2017. Gunnar Meier Photography.

THE VISITORS , exhibition view at SALTS, 2017. Gunnar Meier Photography.

THE VISITORS, exhibition view at SALTS, 2017. Gunnar Meier Photography.

The Visitors, 2017, digital video, 22 mins

The Ballad , exhibition view at 221a, Vancouver, Canada, 2017.

The Ballad, exhibition view at 221a, Vancouver, Canada, 2017.

The Ballad , exhibition view at 221a, Vancouver, Canada, 2017.

The Ballad, exhibition view at 221a, Vancouver, Canada, 2017.

The Ballad, 2017, digital video, 29.06 min

The Ballad , exhibition view at Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, 2017. © Rebecca Fanuele / Fondation d'entreprise Ricard

The Ballad, exhibition view at Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, 2017. © Rebecca Fanuele / Fondation d'entreprise Ricard

The Ballad , exhibition view at Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, 2017. © Rebecca Fanuele / Fondation d'entreprise Ricard

The Ballad, exhibition view at Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, 2017. © Rebecca Fanuele / Fondation d'entreprise Ricard

Pink Everywhere , exhibition view at Kunstverein Langenhagen, 2016. Photo: Thomas Ganzenmüller, Hannover

Pink Everywhere, exhibition view at Kunstverein Langenhagen, 2016. Photo: Thomas Ganzenmüller, Hannover

Pink Everywhere, exhibition view at Kunstverein Langenhagen, 2016. Photo: Thomas Ganzenmüller, Hannover

Pink Everywhere, exhibition view at Kunstverein Langenhagen, 2016. Photo: Thomas Ganzenmüller, Hannover

Pink Everywhere, 2016, digital video, 8 min

Cream Sacrifice, 2016, ground steel, copper and brass, exhibition view at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

Cream Sacrifice, 2016, ground steel, copper and brass, exhibition view at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

Cream Sacrifice, 2016, detail, ground steel, copper and brass, exhibition view at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

Cream Sacrifice, 2016, detail, ground steel, copper and brass, exhibition view at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

Some blue in my mouth , 2016, installation view

Some blue in my mouth, 2016, installation view

Some blue in my mouth , 2016, installation view

Some blue in my mouth, 2016, installation view

Some blue in my mouth , 2016, installation view

Some blue in my mouth, 2016, installation view

Some blue in my mouth , 2016, installation view

Some blue in my mouth, 2016, installation view

Some blue in my mouth, 2016, digital video, 16.51 min, edition of 5 + 2 AP

Caroline Mesquita,  123 Soleil , 2015, steel, oxidized brass

Caroline Mesquita, 123 Soleil, 2015, steel, oxidized brass

Caroline Mesquita,  123 Soleil , 2015, steel, oxidized brass

Caroline Mesquita, 123 Soleil, 2015, steel, oxidized brass

Caroline Mesquita,  123 Soleil , 2015, steel, oxidized brass

Caroline Mesquita, 123 Soleil, 2015, steel, oxidized brass

Clementine, Dorothée, Lucile, Marie , exhibition view at Le Bal Jaune, Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, during fiac!, Paris, 2015

Clementine, Dorothée, Lucile, Marie, exhibition view at Le Bal Jaune, Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, during fiac!, Paris, 2015

Clementine, Dorothée, Lucile, Marie , exhibition view at Le Bal Jaune, Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, during fiac!, Paris, 2015

Clementine, Dorothée, Lucile, Marie, exhibition view at Le Bal Jaune, Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, during fiac!, Paris, 2015

Caroline Mesquita,  Dispensaire , 2015, SpazioA project space, Pistoia, IT 
​Photo: Rebecca Fanuele

Caroline Mesquita, Dispensaire, 2015, SpazioA project space, Pistoia, IT
​Photo: Rebecca Fanuele

Caroline Mesquita,  Dispensaire , 2015, SpazioA project space, Pistoia, IT 
Photo: Rebecca Fanuele

Caroline Mesquita, Dispensaire, 2015, SpazioA project space, Pistoia, IT
Photo: Rebecca Fanuele

Caroline Mesquita,  Sloths , Pavillon du Centre d'art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, FR 
Photo: Aurélien Mole.

Caroline Mesquita, Sloths, Pavillon du Centre d'art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, FR
Photo: Aurélien Mole.

Caroline Mesquita,  Sloths , Pavillon du Centre d'art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, FR 
​Photo: Aurélien Mole.

Caroline Mesquita, Sloths, Pavillon du Centre d'art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, FR
​Photo: Aurélien Mole.

Dancefloor Baths Bowling Hammam Lake , 2015, Chemically treated brass, 50 x 324 cm

Dancefloor Baths Bowling Hammam Lake, 2015, Chemically treated brass, 50 x 324 cm

Detail 11, 2015, brass, 67 x 44,9 cm

Detail 11, 2015, brass, 67 x 44,9 cm

Detail 12, 2015, copper, 67 x 55,7 cm

Detail 12, 2015, copper, 67 x 55,7 cm

Detail 9, 2015, copper, 67 x 45,2 cm

Detail 9, 2015, copper, 67 x 45,2 cm

Close-up 1 , 2015, oxidixed copper, 50 x 42 cm

Close-up 1, 2015, oxidixed copper, 50 x 42 cm

Windsurfers , 2014, oxidized copper, fabric, 140 x 357 x 357 cm, exhibition view

Windsurfers, 2014, oxidized copper, fabric, 140 x 357 x 357 cm, exhibition view

Windsurfers , 2014, oxidized copper, fabric, 140 x 357 x 357 cm, exhibition view

Windsurfers, 2014, oxidized copper, fabric, 140 x 357 x 357 cm, exhibition view

Us , 2014, brass tube, photographs, oxidized brass, installation, variable dimensions

Us, 2014, brass tube, photographs, oxidized brass, installation, variable dimensions

Us , 2014, brass tube, photographs, oxidized brass, installation, variable dimensions, (detail)

Us, 2014, brass tube, photographs, oxidized brass, installation, variable dimensions, (detail)

Present , 2014, car body, 66 x 45 x 42 cm

Present, 2014, car body, 66 x 45 x 42 cm

Drums , 2014, steel, felt, sound recording, speakers, variable dimensions

Drums, 2014, steel, felt, sound recording, speakers, variable dimensions

Bells, 2014, stainless steel, sound recording, speakers, variable dimensions

Bells, 2014, stainless steel, sound recording, speakers, variable dimensions

Bells, 2014, stainless steel, sound recording, speakers, variable dimensions

Bells, 2014, stainless steel, sound recording, speakers, variable dimensions

Flûte , 2013, stainless steel, steel, sound recording, score, variable dimensions

Flûte, 2013, stainless steel, steel, sound recording, score, variable dimensions