Video, variable duration
An immersive video projection, La Mer records the tumult of the sea on the Corsican shore. With a constancy echoing the unstoppable flux of the sea itself, Ange Leccia has filmed these waves since 1991. By shifting the perspective of the camera, the water runs vertically, occupying the entirety of the wall and giving the viewer the impression of crossing the sea. The camera transforms the waves into mountains, depth into flatness, figuration into abstraction, and calls into question the notion of the border with the sea, which is constantly being reinvented and becomes almost immaterial.
Resembling the movement of life, the waves evoke the inevitable passing of time. With no beginning nor end, projected outside in a passage way for Noor Riyadh, La Mer submerges the visitor into the relentless, silent movement of the sea, like a pulse, a breath. Situated at the zone of contact between the earth and water, the waves invite the viewers to meditate on natural phenomena and elements, while reflecting on the artistic act as the foam continuously draws ephemeral shapes.
LA MER, 1991-2023 ©Ange Leccia
Presented by RCRC and Riyadh Art