"I have already had occasion to write a few words about Judith Hopf’s double exhibition “Energies” in my round up of institutional exhibitions during Paris+ par Art Basel. At the time, I pointed out that it seemed to me to constitute a sort of antidote or counter-echo to the prevailing trend toward gigantism and spectacularism (regardless of the quality of the programs concerned and their “French touch”). Indeed, “Energies” updates a philosophical critique of the crisis we are going through — of our lifestyles, of art as a space and as a market — and incites us to take a step back and look critically at our own habits. This position is embodied formally in the exhibition, both parts of which have a retrospective dimension. In it, recent works are mixed with older ones in a double movement of repetition and reprise, according to a principle of serial iteration that is at the heart of Hopf’s way of working. This also corresponds to the economy of means that she practices for ethical and ecological reasons. Hopf, who is versed in critical theory, here defines energy from both a technical and philosophical point of view: as that which powers our technological devices or recharges our own batteries, and as what we spend or lose, especially when using these devices. Beyond the subject matter, the artist’s formal renewal offers a breathtaking journey, and the exhibition provides a punctual overview to her work as a whole."