Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Toulouse, FRAC Midi-Pyrénées

Mezzanine Sud Price

2018 Edition
From 9 november 2018 to 10 february 2019
les Abattoirs
Agathe Pitié, "Allégorie de la beauté" (détail), 2017, encre et aquarelle sur papier, 90 x 70 cm © Adagp, Paris, 2018 ; courtesy de l'artiste et Galerie Michel Soskine Inc, Madrid

This prize has accompanied and showcased artists in the field of contemporary creation since 2014.  It awards three young artists from the Occitania region through their participation in the Mezzanine Sud exhibition held annually by Les Abattoirs. The 2018 winners are Mazaccio & Drowilal, Marie-Luce Nadal, and Agathe Pitié.

Les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse supports the emergence of new talents on the art scene, notably through acquisitions, partnerships with the higher education sector, the university, and art schools, as well as through the Mezzanine Sud award.

It is a wonderful springboard reserved for young creatives from the region. Today, after four editions, the award has gained regional and national recognition and served to kick-start the careers of most of its laureates, through acquisitions by public collections, new exhibition projects, and so on.

Agathe Pitié

Agathe Pitié (1986) uses the virtuosity of a precise and detailed drawing, or the medieval technique of manuscript illumination, to revisit both historical and contemporary myths and legends. Her “narrative drawing” convokes esoteric or religious figures that are subtly combined with those of pop culture, manga, counter-culture, or news items. She is a graduate of the Ecole nationale des Beaux-arts de Paris and lives between Castres and Paris.  She recently exhibited at the Crac La Traverse, the Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, the MIAC in Sète and the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne.

Marie-Luce Nadal

Through arrangements of objects, photos, and videos, Marie-Luce Nadal (1984) attempts to capture the elusive. Between art and the sciences, she recreates clouds, lightning, and other natural phenomena, working on everything from the infinitely small to the excessively vast, to present humanity grappling with elements that surpass them. Marie-Luce Nadal lives between Perpignan and Paris and recently exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the 7th Moscow Biennale, Lab-Labanque in Béthune, and also participated in the most recent edition of AFIAC.

Mazaccio & Drowilal

Mazaccio & Drowilal, a duo comprising Elise Mazac (1988) and Robert Drowilal (1986), tackle their collage-based corpus head on, variously taking the form of photographs, installations, or books. They deconstruct the representations that shape our contemporary imaginaries in a caustic way. In so doing, they reappropriate digital cultures and iconographies related to the Internet and question our relationship to images with biting humour. Their works are conserved in several public collections (including Les Abattoirs and Musée Nicéphore Niepce).