Julien Creuzet’s poetry at the Palais de Tokyo
“the weakened lights of distant stars, lED lights, flashing lights indulge, street lamp embers burn the wings, crazy sacrifice of the butterfly of light, twilight ghost before the birth of the world, it’s the strange, I had to leave too long, the distant, my home is in my dreams-black, it’s the strange, words strangled in the drowning, I screamed alone in the water, my fever (…)” Julien Creuzet
# PARIS Julien Creuzet’s proposal for the “Sensitive” season at the Palais de Tokyo is out of step with the theme. From an apparent chaos, he gave birth to a hybrid and poetic world uniting all the plastic and narrative media in a single sensitive gesture.
Julien Creuze is a visual artist, video artist, performer, poet. Through environments made up of composite ensembles, Julien Creuzet explores different cultural heritages, most often combining poetry, song, photography, film and installation. He combines these media as languages that enrich each other; their (mé)tissage brings about spaces, coincidences, precise and loose games that give free rein to the imagination. The islands that make up the Caribbean archipelago and their history marked by Western colonization have strongly influenced Édouard Glissant’s thinking, which itself inspires the artist’s creative attitude. Like these writings, Julien Creuzet’s work implies that neither the identity of the individual nor the collective identity are fixed. The exchange is made with the other without denial of self.
“With an exhibition, you can tell a story and that story can take the form of a fiction. I tend to propose visions, and I elaborate a fiction as soon as I reflect, when I create forms, as well as a connection of these different forms, a circulation device… I decide how I want to show. “Julien Creuzet
He invites us into a story in which each visitor reconstructs the body, sentences, images and even where everyone has the possibility, based on the poetry of Julien Creuzet, to create his own poetic narrative. He leaves here and there clues, bits of phases, narrative elements that everyone should reuse and reinterpret. Not only does he disperse the parts of this novelistic and poetic corpus but also the physical elements of the protagonists of his narrative.
Like this immense heart in the middle of the installation, physical elements like a hand, faces… Julien Creuzet, preferring anachronism and collusion to the simplicity of consecrated narratives, unfolds disparate stories of hybrid creatures and swampy areas that refuse the authoritarianism of imperialist or colonial civilizations. Everything is spread out, suspended, exploded, like after a hurricane, like after a violent argument, like after years of abandonment in a cellar or attic. The sheets of his score are scattered. Even the soundtrack of the installation is deliberately distilled in bits and pieces.
Beyond the spontaneous writing dear to surrealists, Julien Creuzet tells a story with a vocabulary that, beyond the words skillfully associated with a whole artistic and plastic lexicon, allows a rich and multi-drawer reading.
Julien Creuzet exhibition as part of Saison Sensible at the Palais de Tokyo
Exhibition curator: Yoann Gourmel
February 20 – May 12, 2019
Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
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