Bonjour tristesse, désir, ennui, appétit, plaisir — Saison : Les formes des affects


Installation, painting, performance, mixed media...

Bonjour tristesse, désir, ennui, appétit, plaisir
Saison : Les formes des affects

Past: September 21 → November 16, 2013

The programme at La Galerie is now based around annual themes, each covering an entire season and embracing the gamut of the Art Centre’s activities: exhibitions, events, cultural mediation, artists’ residencies, publishing, etc. Focusing on “forms of affects”, the upcoming season is bookended by two mutually echoing group exhibitions — _Hello Sadness, Desire, Boredom, Appetite, Pleasure_ and Farewell Sadness, Desire, Boredom, Appetite, Pleasure — with Laura Lamiel’s solo show and Nicolas Momein’s nine-month residency occupying the intervening space.

“Affects” refers to an emotionally charged interior state: affects mobilise — or immobilise — the subject and in either case change him. They determine a capacity to touch and be touched, and so to act or react — to influence the world. The season’s three exhibitions comprise works in which the artist’s affective and subjective involvement is clearly perceptible; in which affects take shape and point up real proximities — sometimes exclusive of other relationships — between the artist and his explorations, the artist and his oeuvre. To approach art from this angle is to work at understanding affects as factors for immersion and to make point of view a core part of the resultant relationship; this because affects are a way of ascertaining both the author’s stance and the viewer’s position.

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Lola Gonzàlez, Paul et Kévin Y croire Courtesy de l’artiste & gb agency, Paris

“Work Here!” says John from Cincinnati — in the TV series bearing his name — striking his heart with his clenched fist and looking his interlocutor straight in the eyes. This is the gesture I’m looking for in the works in this exhibition — or at least its direction, its intention and its intensity. A gesture that situates the starting point of the work in the heart. The heart is not necessarily love; more simply, perhaps, it is the place where an intimate relationship between the artist and his work can be located, a relationship underpinned by a form of inner experience and stated in the first person. I’m looking for manifestations of the artist’s presence on the physical, emotional and discursive levels: signs of his involvement, indications of a close relationship — one which can even be too close, impeding critical distance and sometimes generating a sense of exclusion on the part of the person considering the work: the spectator. While the works are testimony to the artist’s involvement and display an affective charge, what place do they leave for the viewer? Does not approaching works through the prism of affects open up the possibility of addressing the viewer through his feelings, of affecting him, at the risk of excluding or manipulating him?

I also wanted to extend the exhibition’s scope to the art centre as a whole and to the exhibition newspaper: by moving the workshop for the public onto the same level as the exhibition, I’m betting that the cultural mediation work done here — on average we welcome two school classes a day — will have a positive effect on people’s perception of what’s on show. And by inviting the whole team to write about the works for the exhibition newspaper in the course of a writing workshop, I hope to convey the different points of view emerging from their respective experiences as art professionals and bring some variety to the writing. This exhibition contains the seeds of a long-term programme, while also being an opportunity to present the Art Centre in all its aspects.

Emilie Renard, director, La Galerie
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The artists

  • Jiri Kovanda
  • Thomas Hirschhorn
  • Florence Doléac
  • Benjamin Swaim
  • John Smith
  • Anna Principaud
  • Laura Lamiel
  • Lola Gonzàlez
  • Ruth Buchanan & Andreas Müller
  • Guillaume Désanges