Kader Attia conducts collisions between two worlds of repair: Europe and non-western worlds. ‘Repairs, in traditional cultures, are visible measures, renewal that changes the early form of the object forever. In the modern western world, in contrast, repair is synonymous with a return to the initial state of things and the elimination of the wound.’
April 28 – August 06, 2017
88 Rue du Colombier, Orléans
The exhibition kicks off with Ecosystéma by Miguel Palma. In the first, the ecosystem proposed reveals the tensions between cycles and recycling between the environment, industry and mankind. Later, Indépendance Tchao by Kader Attia emerges as the fallen dream of 1960s separatist utopianism. At the end, Arab Spring stages the reality of art that turns into destruction.
Between these two destructions – reconstructions, islets lend order to the route. The precariousness of Tadashi Kawamata’s architecture blends into the immediate surroundings. Those by Shigeru Ban are a ‘fragile’ response to the fragility of the world. The models of Daniel Libeskind’s project reveal the potential future for a district of Berlin in a state of abandon since war damage. The Angel Catcher by John Hejduk, 1991, a monumental sculptural prosthetic system, attempts to catch the fallen angels of our dreams.
The installation 1000 villages, 2015, by Massinissa Selmani is a bitter criticism of Algeria’s utopian dream in the 1970s. Photographs by Bernd & Hilla Becher observe the ruins of industrial society while photomontages by Alina Slesinska & Eustachy Kossakowski are an attempt to move away from modernist ideology. Elsewhere in the exhibition, the ‘graft’ carried out by Daniel Buren in the courtyard of the Palais Royal, in Paris, Les deux plateaux, 1986, serves as a scarification inverting and deforming the classical architecture to reveal the substructure.
The exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to engage by focusing and reflecting on the repair of the world continually highlighted by works of art and architecture.
POLITICAL SPRINGS 2017
With its Political Springs, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire wants to propose an open and living debate about the problematics and the challenges of our world, our common questions connected to creation and to the art of building our own society. This spring, invited pieces of art, happenings and words of creative thinkers, artists, philosophers, political women and men raise current topics wich are regarding each of us : the injury, the hospitality, the democracy. Starting from the premise that pieces of art are not mutually exclusive about the triviality of our world : at the Frac Centre-Val de Loire, springs are political.
Artists and architects: Kader Attia, Shigeru Ban, Daniel Buren, Bernd & Hilla Becher, John Hejduk, Tadashi Kawamata, Alina Slesinska & Eustachy Kossakowski, Minimaforms & Krzysztof Wodiczko, Daniel Libeskind, Miguel Palma, Massinissa Selmani.