A Wall of Sand Has Just Collapsed

Virginie Yassef
01/12/2012 – 09/02/2013

“We might well lend the word ‘Entstellung [distortion]‘ the double meaning to which it has a claim […]. It should mean not only ‘to change the appearance of something‘ but also ‘to put something in another place.‘”1 Urged by Sándor Ferenczi in a letter to Freud in 1913, this duality could be applied to Virginie Yassef‘s exhibition and its creation of ephemeral forms resulting either from actual transformations or from
transfers from one context to another.


These shifts and transient states leave the works indeterminate, impending, suspended, just like the figure of the child who functions here as a promise, a factor for movement and distortion as he himself mutates toward the animal state.


This phenomenon of transition embraces the entire exhibition: after this premiere at La Galerie, a second will follow at La Ferme du Buisson, with “To be continued…” seeming to function as a subtext. Between the two art centres a “mutant” show takes shape, an unhurried magic trick in which the child will become a dog…

Émilie Renard


Translated by John Tittensor


1. Sándor Ferenczi, letter to Sigmund Freud, 23.06.1913, quoted in Richard J. Bernstein, Freud and the Legacy of Moses (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), p. 15.

around the exhibition

  • 01/12/2012

    From December 1st, 2012 to February 9, 2013


    “Ricochets”, a tour in Noisy-le-sec, from work to work.


    Exhibition of works from the Seine-Saint-Denis departmental collection echoing Virginie Yassef’s exhibition at La Galerie.

    In cultural facilities and the Municipal Center for Social Action of Noisy-le-sec.  Noisy-le-Sec.

  • 01/01/1970

    8:30 p.m.


    Evening of projections proposed by Virginie Yassef


    With The Strange Creature of Black Lake (1954), Jack Arnold in its restored version in 3D. At the beginning of the session, broadcast films by Virginie Yassef : Wow (2005, 6 min) and And the wall obeys her (2004, 4:30).

    Cinema Le Trianon
    71 Place Carnot
    93230 Romainville


  • 01/01/1970

    6 p.m. at La Galerie (part 1)

    + Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m at La Ferme du Buisson (Part 2)

    “we have never seen a dog do deliberately, the exchange of a bone with another dog”, a mutant spectacle designed by Virginie Yassef.