Radial Grammar
May 25 - August 26, 2018
  • Batia Suter

  • Martin Argyroglo / LE BAL

  • © Batia Suter
  • © Batia Suter
  • Batia Suter

  • © Martin Argyroglo / LE BAL
  • © Batia Suter
  • © Batia Suter
  • © Batia Suter
  • Martin Argyroglo / LE BAL

From may 25 to august 26, 2018, we are pleased to present for the first time in France, an installation by the artist batia suter. radial grammar was conceived as an in situ work UNFOLDING THROUGH EVERY CORNER OF LE BAL.

Batia Suter writes in images. She collects and hoards them relentlessly and has done so for the last 30 years. All types of images capture her imagination, in particular printed images. She favours random methods of research and her sources are as many and various as the types of publications she dips into: all kinds of photo albums, atlases, scientific journals, catalogues, art books, history books, animal magazines, ...

Once the images have been patiently collected and organised, Batia Suter starts her game of montage and assembly. It really is a game, a game of chance arranging and rearranging the pictures until the image organically reveals itself. Printed imagery functions like Duchamp’s ready-mades, created from materials that are out of context and not in use and which from now on need to be taken up for her subject alone.

The succession of ricochets gives rise to an astonishing alchemy, an autonomous poetic form, an alternative to our historical knowledge which transports us somewhere else.

For LE BAL, Batia Suter has created a work in situ which stretches from the entrance to the lane, using reproductions of giant shoes on offer in the sale shops along the Avenue Clichy, and continues right into the exhibition space. Fragmented, dissasociated, faces and bodies inhabit the space which is gradually contaminated by pulsating forms, which appear to come to life with their own organic logic. Freed from their original intended uses and formats, the images become moving particles in a new imaginary order in constant flux, infinite and vertiginous. Objects made up of intuitive combinations, these images enter a polarity to form an animist work affirming beauty in the chaos of all the facts and gestures in the world around them. 

- Diane Dufour

BATIA SUTER - Radial Grammar | LE BAL | 25 mai au 26 août 2018, from LE BAL on Vimeo.

© Matthieu Samadet, sounds, music and video


Among the revelations of the contemporary scene, Batia Suter has just been nominated for the Deutsche Börse 2018, one of the most important award in european photography.

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Two other proposals by Batia Suter will be exhibited :
-Batia Suter - Sole Summary at Le Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, from June 9 to July 15,
-and Natural Grammar in the Montparnasse train station, presented by SNCF Gares & Connexions and LE BAL from May 22 to July 15.

With the support of The Embassy of the Netherlands in France and The Mondriaan Fund.
This exhibition is part of Oh! Pays-Bas, Dutch cultural events in France 2017-2018.

In partnership with Thalys.
Media partners : À Nous ParisArtpressFrance Culturel’OEil de la photographiePolkaSlash/, Télérama
Technical parter : Picto



The shapes survival

Film cycle around the exhibition Batia Suter - Radial Grammar

From Tuesday May 29 to Tuesday June 26, 2018 – 8 PM

O universo nu

Choir performed by Célia Gondol, Olivier Normand and Nina Santes

Friday June 8, 2018 - 8 PM

Ritual for a sensitive geography

Three steps choreography by Julie Nioche, Filiz Sizanli and Mustafa Kaplan

Saturday June 2, 2018 - 8 PM


Photographic contest organized in partnership with Thalys

May 25 - August 19, 2018

Photograph terrorism

Following the release of MAGNUM CHRONICLES : A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Wednesday June 20, 2018 - 8 PM

Batia Suter

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