De Menocchio, nous savons beaucoup de choses.


Film, installation, video

De Menocchio, nous savons beaucoup de choses.

Past: September 26 → December 22, 2012

“About Menocchio we know many things. About this Marcato, or Marco — and so many others like him who lived and died without leaving a trace — we know nothing.”
Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: the Cosmos of a 16th-Century, 1980 (1976)

In The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller (1976), the historian Carlo Ginzburg recounts the story of a miller’s life in the XVIth century who was arrested and executed by the Church because of his radical ideas about Christianity. Through an investigative study of archival material, Ginzburg examines and interprets the signs and traces left by this metaphysician miller’s thought, revealing the popular culture of the time. This narrative is a symbolic example of Ginzburg’s notion of microstoria: by reducing the scope of observation, one can expand the field of History towards unique stories.
The exhibition “About Menocchio we know many things.” uses the micro-historical method of Carlo Ginzburg to shed light on individual paths, specifically drawing attention to those little considered by traditional historiography. Gathering works by artists, writers, sociologists and activists from 1960s until today the exhibition tries to make visible diverse forms of resistance to the formatting of a globalised world. In giving particular attention to details, clues or fragments, “About Menocchio we know many things.” explores the potential of agency and empowerment of these singular positions through art and narrative.

  • Opening Tuesday, September 25, 2012 6 PM → 9 PM
  • FLASH 79 / Nuit Blanche Opening Saturday, October 6, 2012 7 PM → 4 AM

    “Flash 79” is inviting artists and professors to explore the events of the year 1979, investigating the diverse aspects of the spoken word and offering discursive spaces that will play host to the unexpected and the spectacular. Several permanent works are also on display.

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9, esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Rdc de la Halle aux Farines
Face aux Grands Moulins de Paris sur le campus de l’Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot

75013 Paris

T. 01 45 84 17 56

Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

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Venue schedule

The artists

  • Michel François
  • Mounira Al Solh
  • Carole Roussopoulos
  • Etel Adnan
  • Mohammed Aïssaoui
  • Anahi Alviso Marino
  • Dineo Seshee Bopape
  • Michèle Firk
  • Olivier Hadouchi
  • Pierre Joseph & Jacques Rivet
And 4 others…