“Lifelines – an exhibition of legends” at Mac Val
#GRANDPARIS Eighty artists of different generations and practices gathered in an exhibition to express their identity and whose artistic gestures shape the fabric of “Lifelines – an exhibition of legends” at Mac Val.
The exhibition is part of a Mac Val programming line that aims to question the modalities and instances of identity construction, or more precisely, identities: social, gender, cultural. For “Lignes de vies – une exposition de légendes”, it is to more intimate and personal territories that we turn. While questioning the different constitutive elements of civil, social, sexual, political, artistic, digital, virtual identity, the collected works make autobiography and biography a raw, plastic material, generating a reflection around identities, staging and self-building.
All the works in this exhibition deconstruct, analyze, criticize or question the phenomena and processes that shape and legitimize identity/identities. Far from a narcissistic or self-centered gesture, artists rebuild and propose, more than new identities, chosen identities. Identity is a fiction, a web of intertwined narratives and intertwined narratives. A construction made of many aggregates. It is social and the multitude of “you” defines the multitude of “I”. There may be a reappropriation of these “I’s” and making them a game, a plastic, modular, fluid material, outside the assignments.
“Lifelines – an exhibition of legends”is organized like a rhizome, there is no head. Whatever the meaning of the visit, we are witnessing the deconstruction of the different identity processes. Each module dissects the constituent elements of identity and groups together works that address the same themes or questions. Here identity is not only defined by self-portraits, it is also the invention of an alter ego, the question of the body, the mask, the face, the proper name, the infiltration of systems, the body and the world..
Is proof of existence an identity card? Proof of sexual and civil identity. Is she an artist’s bio? Synonymous with social recognition and legitimacy. Is it the trace or the vestige of memory? Photographic or film memories? A pile of agendas from eleven years of a busy life? A TV appearance? Can existence be the object of contractualization, of bartering? Can identity be the object of usurpation? Are identities subject to representation games? All these questions and many others are addressed in this exhibition. Beyond the physical, chemical and societal criteria that define existence and identity, more complex phenomena interact and identity can become an object of narrative and transformation, a fictional matter. All identities are then possible
With the works of Soufiane Ababri, Art Orienté Objet, Paul Auster, Joël Bartoloméo, Pauline Bastard, Taysir Batniji, Sadie Benning, Karina Bisch, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Bosser, Édouard Boyer, Candice Breitz, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin, Jean Brolly, Elina Brotherus, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Sophie Calle, Philippe Cazal, Ludovic Chemarin ©, Leo Chiachio & Daniel Giannone, Claude Closky, Steven Cohen, Beatrice Cussol, Sépànd Danesh, Edi Dubien, Elsa & Johanna, Raphaël Fabre, Simon Faithfull, Esther Ferrer, Jakob Gautel, GRAND MAGASIN, Joseph Grigely, Joël Hubaut, Ilanit Illouz, Princia Itoua, Janez Janša, Lydie Jean-Dit-Pannel, Michel Journiac, Paul Kindersley, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Matthieu Laurette, Leigh Ledare, Édouard Levé, Claude Lévêque, Ariane Loze, Kristin Lucas, MADEleINe ERIC, Roberta Marrero, Annette Messager, Aleksandra Mir, Pierre Moignard, Jacques Monory, Tania Mouraud, Valérie Mréjen, Zanele Muholi, Antoinette Ohannessian, ORLAN, Cécile Paris, Philippe Perrin, Grayson Perry, Françoise Pétrovitch, Abraham Poincheval, Laurent Prexl, Prinz Gholam, Hubert Renard, Santiago Reyes, Colin Roche, Damien Rouxel, Sandro, Jim Shaw, SMITH + URS Cell, Tsuneko Taniuchi, Philippe Thomas, Unglee, Hélèna Villovitch…
“Lifelines – an exhibition of legends”
Group exhibition from March 30 to August 25, 2019
Police station: Frank Lamy, assisted by Julien Blanpied and Ninon Duhamel
MacVal – Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne
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