Nomad Space

Emmanuelle Chammah

Nomad Space creates an experience for the viewer through tactility and participation that approaches what French theorists Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari call smooth space: a space characterized as that of the nomad and flowing occupation. Though smooth space is in contrast to the State apparatus, it is not defined by its opposition to it. Instead, it is propagated by evasion rather than resistance. Using a decorative application of soft geometric seating elements and tapestries, the user is encouraged to detach from the usual function of shedspace—that of viewing art—and instead experience it as an inhabited/habitable space. Additionally, the occupant is invited to take part in a game that serves as a way of observing time telling that recognizes duration, flux, and change rather than simple metrics.  This installation is a modest step towards exploring a kind of nomadic organization of our selves and bodies that exists alternatively to the stratefied sovereignty of the State apparatus. It invites the possibility of using the nomadic as a tool, weapon, or positioning to defeat the codified binary of the State.

Invitation and Game

Feel free to sit or lay on the benches and touch, poke, or hug anything that is within reach.

The game is a sorting game that involves only the pile of buttons and six clear vinyl pouches on the windows. Sort buttons into the pouches as you see/feel fit.

If the buttons are already sorted, you can restart the game by placing them back into a pile in the tray on the back bench.

Stack the whittled wood to make different figures and shapes.

Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
Installation view of Emmanuelle Chammah, "Nomad Space" in shedspace at whitespace gallery in Atlanta.
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Installation photography: Mike Jensen

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Emmanuelle Chammah (b.1984, Montreal, Canada) is a sculptor and designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an interdisciplinary artist working with sensation and the human body through textiles and digital media. She earned a Master of Architecture I from Tulane University in 2007. Her early wearable artworks have been exhibited and performed in New Orleans, LA and Brooklyn, NY. In 2010, she completed a Digital Sculpture Residency at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and went on to work in New York and California for agencies in architecture, art fabrication, theater, and fashion. While building her art practice and working in the cultural arts, she developed expertise in creative placemaking and community art. Currently, Emma continues her radical use of fabric in many forms including wearable, tapestries, and sculptures. She completed residencies at The Hambidge Center (Rabun Gap, GA) and the Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC). Her work has been shown at the Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, CA), the Mint Museum Uptown (Charlotte, NC) for the Coined in the South exhibition, MINT Gallery (Atlanta, GA), the Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia for the Gathered V show where she received the Jury Award for her piece Super El-Ayn. Forthcoming in 2022, her wearable pieces will be presented alongside new work in an interactive solo exhibition at MINT in Atlanta and in a group show at the Georgia Tech Price Gilbert Library Gallery. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence in the Atlanta Contemporary Studio Artist Program.