Persona grata


Installation, photography, sculpture, mixed media

Persona grata

Past: October 16, 2018 → February 24, 2019

The Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration and the MAC VAL — Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne are collaborating to present a project questioning the notion of hospitality through the prism of contemporary creation.

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Mona Hatoum, Suspendu, 2009-2010 — Médium stratifié, chaînes en acier, dimensions variables Collection MAC VAL — Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne.

Together, the two institutions- a social museum that value contemporary creation and a contemporary art museum that tackles social issues- are happy to present “Persona grata”, an exhibition organized over the two locations with a rich cultural programming: an occasion for artists to explore all the dimensions of what constitutes or corrodes the notions of hospitality and alterity through their own vision and sensitivity.

The acceleration of migratory flows and the growing place these issues occupy in the public debate increasingly question the foundations of our societies. On one hand, camps and walls mushroom and confirm the irreversible setback of our hospitality duty, while on the other, citizen involvement grows to help, support and welcome migrants. Is the answer of today’s harsh society to bring emergency assistance rather than implement long-term and effective hospitality policies?

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Julien Discrit, What is not visible is not invisible, 2008 — Encre invisible, lumière UV, détecteur de présence, dimensions variables. © Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou

In this context and from the collections of both museums, this artistic partnership aims at highlighting a contemporary creation that reflects today’s world as well as tackling these issues from the point of view of the many artists who have explored the theme of hospitality over the last years.

The exhibition will provide a platform for artists to share their analyses, critics and feelings toward national fold, behaviors of rejection and revolt. These artistic testimonies will help us think these questions through and look at ourselves yet without any moralistic judgment.

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Marcos Avila Forero, Cayuco, Sillage Oujda/Melilla — Un bateau disparaît en dessinant une carte, 2012 — Vidéo HD, couleur, son, 55’ Collection Frac Aquitaine. © Adagp, Paris 2018.

Through this unique and engaged partnership project, the Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration and the MAC VAL look to raise awareness, foster reflection and debate, and call our certitudes into question. Although central, the issues related to migratory flows do not cross out other neglected –and little known- forms of hospitality toward helpless and weakened populations. The exhibition will bring forth proposals around community life, care for others, the necessity of nursing homes, public health-care and hospitality centers held in a spirit of attentiveness, kindness and sharing we should rehabilitate.

  • Persona grata — Festival-Rencontre Event November 30 → December 2, 2018

    30 novembre, 1er et 2 décembre 2018
    8e édition du festival Attention, fragile
    Programmation : Stéphanie Airaud — Thibault Capéran
    Retrouvez le programme sur la page :

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