In the present day we stay amidst epidemics that have an effect on all of us, people and non-humans alike. The e-book that impressed the exhibition, Elisabeth Lebovici’s Ce que le sida m’a fait. Artwork et activisme à la fin du XXe siècle (What AIDS Did to Me – Artwork and Activism on the Finish of the twentieth Century) appears to be like to stitch again collectively subjective fragments of the deadliest epidemic of the final century: the details, works, concepts and feelings that linked the fabric to the immaterial. It questions how the pulsations of want, loss, anger, ache, reminiscence and the archive have collectively made historical past. How they allowed for the (re)composition of interrupted genealogies, the federation of communities that produced kinds and constructions that also function as we speak, at occasions past their preliminary goals. How they anticipated questions of gender, class and race and the unconscious dynamic of ableism, the development of norms round a putative state of “good well being.”
In a means, the exhibition engages fairly actually with the e-book’s title: what the AIDS epidemic does to artists, and what it does to an exhibition as we speak. The way it modifications consciousness, society, creation. AIDS is right here not a topic however reasonably as an interpretative grid by which to rethink a broad vary of inventive practices that have been uncovered to the epidemic. Magnificence right here emerges as a potential response within the face of the political and social penalties of intersecting pandemics.
Removed from proposing a commemoration, the exhibition blurs temporalities and articulates a discourse within the current, inviting artists to query their very own histories from the current day and mirror as to what was transmitted to them from the earlier century. Forsaking the ostensible boundary between activism and inventive follow and focusing as an alternative on the cathartic, therapeutic or informative results of artwork, the artists on this exhibition come collectively across the methods wherein they create and communicate, within the methods wherein they use their our bodies and their affinities, all of which supply sources for brand new articulations between aesthetics and emancipation.
Taking part artists:
Les Ami·e·s du Patchwork des noms, Bambanani Girls’s Group, Bastille, yann beauvais, Black Audio Movie Collective, Gregg Bordowitz, Jesse Darling, Moyra Davey, Guillaume Dustan, fierce pussy, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hervé Guibert, Barbara Hammer, Derek Jarman, Michel Journiac, Zoe Leonard, audrey liebot, Pascal Lièvre, Santu Mofokeng, Jean-Luc Moulène, Henrik Olesen, Bruno Pélassy, Benoît Piéron, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Jimmy Robert, Régis Samba-Kounzi & Julien Devemy, Marion Scemama, Lionel Soukaz & Stéphane Gérard, Georges Tony Stoll, Philippe Thomas, David Wojnarowicz & arms ache avid aeon: fierce pussy amplified (Nancy Brooks Brody, Pleasure Episalla, Zoe Leonard, Carrie Yamaoka, fierce pussy and Jo-ey Tang)
at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
till Might 14, 2023