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Social Trompe L'Œil - [CANCELLED] Tania Bruguera

In art terminology, the notion of trompe l’oeil describes a pictorial technique that aims to create a visual illusion, and thus “cheats” our vision. The process of cognitive perception is in that sense fallible and subject to manipulation. Adapting this process of illusion to the way our memory works, Social Trompe l’Œil questions the reliability of our individual memory and its complex processes of association and perception. In direct interaction with the public, and on the borders between performance, psychological experiment and sociological study, Tania Bruguera’s performative work explores how the construction of both our collective history and personal identity mingles, impacting our social perception and our relationship to others.

This performance has been conceived in collaboration with Dr Julia Shaw, psychologist and lecturer specialized in criminology. All her research is available here.


Curator: Vittoria Matarrese
Project managers: Alice Giudicenti with Léa Derville and Licia Demuro, assisted by Aurore Forray.

Performance Our world is burning

From 14/03/2020 to 16/05/2020

A date each Saturdays at 2pm

Registration on site in the exhibitionspaces


Tania Bruguera

Highly active, Tania Bruguera regularly presents her works and projects, especially at the solo exhibitions which have been devoted to her, at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2013), Tate Modern, London (2018), and the MoMA, New York (2018), or in group shows at the KW Contemporary Art Centre, Berlin (2010), the New Museum, New York (2015), the Serpentine Galleries (2017) and the Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2017). She has taken part in the Biennales of Venice (2001, 2005, 2009), Gwangju (2000, 2008) and documenta 11, Kassel (2002). Her works are part of the collections of the MoMA (New York), the Bronx Museum (New York), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, Tate Modern (London), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York).