Fantôme (Jasmin)


Steel, wood, shirt and jamin necklaces

141 x 61.5 x 30 cm (55 1/2 x 24 3/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

Fantôme (Jasmin) consists of a metal stand on which jasmine necklaces are hanging. A cotton shirt seems to have been hastily thrown on top. The work is not only visual: the scent of the flowers, some of which have fallen on the ground, stimulates the viewers' senses and invites them to walk around the space in order to grasp the temporality of this experience.

The installation is akin to a totem celebrating a moment that “hangs in the air”, which the artist would have crafted in order to give it a material presence. Caught in a traffic jam in Beirut, she sees a man carrying jasmine necklaces, which he has covered with his shirt to shield them from the heat. At that moment, her interlocutor asks her what her ghosts are. She answers by pointing her finger to the man in the street: “This, for example.”

Latifa Echakhch's Fantôme (Jasmin) (2012) was first shown by the Pinault Collection in the exhibition The Illusion of Light at Palazzo Grassi, in 2014.