Tatiana Trouvé’s shamanic tree takes root at Frieze London

Work at Galerie Kamel Mennour is quite literally ground-breaking

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The centrepiece of Tatiana Trouvé’s The Shaman (2018) is a 1.2-tonne bronze tree © David Owens/The Art Newspaper

The centrepiece of Tatiana Trouvé’s The Shaman (2018) is a 1.2-tonne bronze tree © David Owens/The Art Newspaper

Tatiana Trouvé’s The Shaman (2018), formed of concrete, a 1.2-tonne bronze tree, a water tank and marble sculptures, may be the most logistically challenging installation at Frieze London. The work (with Galerie Kamel Mennour, priced at €650,000) weighs more than 30 tonnes. “A shaman can travel between dimensions, and the tree is a shaman because it exists between two worlds—the roots are under the soil and the top is in the sky,” Trouvé says. Victoria Siddall, the director of Frieze, says: “We always encourage galleries to test the boundaries.”

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