Les Monuments Invisibles, La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, Paris

FAICAL BAGHRICHE, ERIC BAUDLEAIRE, TOMASO DE LUCA,  GOLDIECHIARI,IRIS TOULIATOU, STEFANOS TSIVOPOULOS

As part of the annual foreign curator in residence programme, La Galerie is welcoming Costanza Paissan, from Italy. Chosen by a judging panel after a call for candidates, she will be in residence from 5 April to 5 July 2012 and will devote her time at La Galerie to the exhibition project Invisible Monuments.

In his essay “Monuments,” Austrian writer Robert Musil addresses the question of how monuments are perceived, describing them as “invisible” and “impregnated with something that repels attention.”

The exhibition takes Musil’s paradox of vision and attention as its starting point: monuments, while intended to attract the eye, are in fact imperceptible and “gaze-repellent.” “At variance with our senses, they slip out of view.”
What does this imply for those great tributes to the past, those statues of heroes and those buildings dedicated to “memorable” moments? Where are the traces of those who have gone before us, our exemplars for the present and the pillars on which to build the future?

The works on show challenge and criticize the concept of the monument, pointing up its fragility and suggesting both new interpretations and hitherto untested interconnections with history and its traces.

The artists are speaking to us about the past and memory as shifting elements, endowed with a variable, flexible identity and the blurry contours of truth and fiction, forgetting and remembering.

Yet, the monument has not vanished: by taking on other forms it still shows through on a secret, hidden stage, clad in a new, magical robe woven from questions and doubts rather than truths taken for granted.

goldiechiari: 2011 Genealogia di Damnatio Memoriae, Palermo 1947-1992, embroidered linen tablecloth
2009 Untitled, Hahnemuhle print 100×140

goldiechiari: 2011 Genealogia di Damnatio Memoriae Palermo 1947-1992, embroidered linen tablecloth

goldiechiari: 2011 Genealogia di Damnatio Memoriae, Palermo 1947-1992, embroidered linen tablecloth

goldiechiari: 2011 Genealogia di Damnatio Memoriae, Palermo 1947-1992, embroidered linen tablecloth
2009 Untitled, Hahnemuhle print 100×140

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s