Oscar Tuazon — Shelters


Installation, sculpture, mixed media

Oscar Tuazon

Past: March 5 → April 16, 2016

Reading is a physical activity. Something bodies do with words. I want to make a space for that. A space for words, a place to read.

I live like that, in words. To read a word you recite it, you write it in your voice, take it in your mouth and say it. Whatever words they are, they are your words for a second. Speak the sounds aloud like a child does, become a voice.

There are things I don’t want to read but I read them. I feel I need to. Like I’m responsible, it’s a sentence. I’m compelled to. To read is to confront the other, the author, feeling another person speak through me, not quite a choice. A reader’s a witness. Another voice that’s not mine, intimate bodily violence. A mind orgasm.

I want a space for that. That’s what I tried to do when I lived here, make a space for reading with other people. I want to contain it but I found that you can’t. I read while I’m walking, it’s a physical activity. Words make their own worlds.

What I can do is build a bookshelf. Word furniture. Reading benches. Ways to look at words, alone and with others. Mostly alone, though, the way we are when we’re reading, with another person’s thoughts.

I am now ready to write.

— Oscar Tuazon, 2016

  • Meeting Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6 PM

    Rencontre avec Thomas Boutoux (critique d’art, commissaire et co-fondateur de Castillo/Corrales) sur le travail d’Oscar Tuazon. Accès libre dans la limite des places disponibles.

03 Le Marais Zoom in 03 Le Marais Zoom out

10, rue Charlot

75003 Paris

T. 01 42 77 38 87 — F. 01 42 77 59 00


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Opening hours

Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Venue schedule

The artist

  • Oscar Tuazon