A little later after the night

September 7-17th 2016
DOC, Paris
In collaboration with Elsa Delage

With: Safouane Ben Slama, Gaëlle Choisne, Julien Creuzet, Emile Degorce-Dumas, Hélène Garcia, Vidya Gastaldon, Jérémie Gaulin, Ann Guillaume, Servane Varnese.

A little later after the night comes in the very beginning, when rubble and ripped mattresses, scattered keys and passports, voodoo icons onto the wall and enigmatic room numbers were placed throughout.
Nine artists have been invited to interpret the objects and testimonies from the Gare des Mines building, to draw on the clandestine, underworld, spiritual and festive history of the place. They created alternative and possible stories, calling distant lands, private anecdotes and legends.

The exhibition is simultaneously archive and omen, a place of coexistence, transfer and crossing where humans and energies flows move. It claims the power of a mystical approach to the world and synchronicities against the impediment situations; the power of belief in the unknown and impalpable forces as a shape and rhetoric matrix.

Paintings, sculptures, photographs, video, documents and sound recording are all acts of interpretation and healing of an invisible ritual.


Anaïs Lepage is an independent curator and writer based in Paris.

Her research focuses on excesses and secrets in art history in connection with a history of the affects and spiritualities as well as postcolonial and gender studies. Inspired by radical pedagogies and feminist theories, she questions the forms of speech through collaborations, workshops, and a shift in critical, intimate, and performative narrative.

Trained in Art History at the École du Louvre, in Museum Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and in Curatorial Studies at the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Lepage multiplies experiences in France and abroad.
She started at the Maison Rouge - Foundation Antoine de Galbert in Paris, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal and, alongside Guillaume Désanges, at the Verrière - Hermès Foundation in Brussels. Then, she worked as assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chengdu, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

From 2015 to 2020 she co-founded HEIWATA, a curatorial platform based between Paris, Mexico City, and Toronto. She has developed projects with artists such as Madison Bycroft, Julien Creuzet, Gaëlle Choisne, Ad Minoliti, and Rachel Rose, among others. Recently, she collaborated with AICA International, the CNEAI art center, and the Palais de Tokyo. Since 2019, she teaches exhibition curating at the Sorbonne University