Galerie Templon, Paris


Following on from her success at Musée Guimet in 2017, Prune Nourry is taking possession of Galerie Templon on Rue Grenier Saint Lazare for the first time with Catharsis. Opening on September 7th, the solo show is made up of a series of new sculptures interacting with extracts from her first feature-length documentary, Serendipity.

Subject of her own work

The Catharsis exhibition marks a turning point in the artist’s creative process. For over twelve years, Prune Nourry has been developing powerful and thoughtful multidisciplinary work, exploring the body by questioning gender and hybridisation. She has tended to keep her subject at a distance, remaining as objective as a researcher or anthropologist. Having recently overcome breast cancer, over the course of her treatment the artist felt she was becoming the subject of her own work, a sculpture in the hands of the doctors. With Catharsis, armed with her sculptor’s tools, Prune Nourry re-appropriates her body and her femininity, forging an intimate tie between her past explorations and her current life experience.

Evocation of ex-votos

The sculptures in the exhibition are all marked by their evocation of ex-votos, the popular offerings in the form of an object, limb or organ which represent the feelings of women and men confronted with fear, infertility and sickness, their gratitude for past cures and hopes for future cures. This concept of transferring an emotion to an object can be found in all ages and cultures. To create the pieces for Catharsis, Prune Nourry worked with archaeologists, sociologists and artisans, drawing inspiration from the different shapes and materials used to make these objects.


The exhibition presents several clips from the film Serendipity in which the artist explores the strange connection between her past work and her illness. The film bears witness to her journey, transforming her medical treatment into an epic artistic voyage.