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Caroline Mesquita

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 is shortlisted for the 19th Prize Fondation d'entreprise Ricard. 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; and Cité internationale des arts, Paris.

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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

123 Soleil , 2015, steel, oxidized brass

123 Soleil, 2015, steel, oxidized brass

123 Soleil , 2015, steel, oxidized brass

123 Soleil, 2015, steel, oxidized brass

123 Soleil , 2015, steel, oxidized brass

123 Soleil, 2015, steel, oxidized brass

Dorothée , 2015, Oxidized brass

Dorothée, 2015, Oxidized brass

Lucile , 2015, Oxidized brass

Lucile, 2015, Oxidized brass

Marie , 2015, Oxidized brass

Marie, 2015, Oxidized brass

Clementine , 2015, Oxidized brass

Clementine, 2015, Oxidized brass

Philotée , 2015, Oxidized brass

Philotée, 2015, 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

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

Sloths , 2015, oxidized brass, spotlights, sound, 12 parts, variable dimension

Sloths, 2015, oxidized brass, spotlights, sound, 12 parts, variable dimension

Sloths, 2015, oxidized brass, spotlights, sound, 1 of 12 parts, variable dimension

Sloths, 2015, oxidized brass, spotlights, sound, 1 of 12 parts, variable dimension

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