“Persona Grata”, when Art Contemporain interrogates the hospitalité
#PARIS CONTEMPORARY ART QUESTIONS HOSPITALITY.When two museums question the meaning and place of hospitality in our society, it gives Persona Grata, a crossover between two curatorial approaches that meet and pass on the relay of reflection
At a time when debates on the reception of migrants are particularly heated, the National Museum of Immigration History and the MAC/VAL, through their respective collections, report on how artists are taking up these subjects
In this unprecedented humanitarian challenge, which reveals the increase in migratory flows and affects Europe, the artist testifies or produces works that, through the distance of art, allow an alternative understanding of our contemporary reality.
The works reveal metaphorical boundaries and begin a symbolic mapping of the most sensitive and fragile areas and human groups. They evoke the sources of hospitality, recall its past virtues, summon images linked to the need to leave, invest the reality of displacement and the different embodied forms of uprooting.
The artists here deliver motifs that constantly oscillate between openness and closure, freedom and prevention, resignation and resistance, not without reminding us that help is not hospitality. Words such as “emergency calls”, “disenchantment”, “horizon desires” resonate in our minds.
The organisation and control of borders is nowadays confronted with the mobilisation of associations and citizens. Civil disobedience interferes to support and welcome the most vulnerable. In this climate, the works lead us to recognize that “nowhere is a place”* where care and benevolence are natural tensions to deny the invisibility of the Other.
Persona Grata, Contemporary Art questions hospitality
From October 16 to January 20, 2019
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