Marc Camille Chaimowicz was born in postwar Paris, to a Polish Jewish father and French Catholic mother. The family moved to England when the artist was eight years old and soon settled in London, where he still lives and works. Chaimowicz’s continuous negotiation of two cultures and languages quietly reverberates throughout his pluralistic practice. He embraces both the fine and applied arts and challenges the categorical divisions between masculine and feminine, public and private, past and present.
French, Chaimowicz’s first and “interior language, directly associated with creativity,” titles the galleries of Your Place or Mine . . . : L’Entrée (The Entrance), La Bibliothèque (The Library), Ici et Là . . . (Here and There . . .), Le Salon (The Salon), and Le Jardin Publique (The Public Garden). In these places interiority and contemplation are as likely as sociability and distraction. Fittingly, the title Your Place or Mine . . . suggests a double meaning: the exhibition is a rendezvous in a space that is both ours as well as the artist’s. Chaimowicz offers us a temporary connection to his world and the possibility to reimagine our own.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine. . . is organized by Kelly Taxter, Associate Curator, The Jewish Museum in association with the Serpentine Galleries, London.
The exhibition is designed by New Affiliates (Jaffer Kolb, Ivi Diamantopoulou).