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.