Vieilles coques & jeunes récifs


Drawing, installation, painting, performance...

Vieilles coques & jeunes récifs

Past: March 16 → July 21, 2024

Frac romainville 12 1 grid Vieilles coques et jeunes récifs — Frac Île-de-France, Paris, Romainville Le Frac Île-de-France présente avec Vieilles Coques et jeunes récifs un parcours constellé de démarches sensibles qui évoquent les ... 1 - Pas mal Critique

Athletes, as well as scientists and artists, are all focused on the body, with hopes pinned on its adaptability and resilience at a time of global transition. Science fiction conjures up unlikely mutations and envisages the survival of humanity in the most varied contexts. Bodies that transform, mirroring the way in which athletes can sometimes adapt their metabolism and physiognomy to achieve new feats. The limits and potentials of the body and of what passes through it inform the work of the artists (works from the Frac collection and guest artists) in the exhibition Vieilles coques & jeunes récifs, which is inevitably inhabited by performance.

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Premier plan à gauche : Jimmy Beauquesne, Starstruck , 2017 — Premier plan à droite : Eden Tinto Collins, A pinch of Kola (saison 1), 2021 Vue de l’exposition Vieilles coques & jeunes récifs , Frac Île-de-France, Les Réserves, Romainville — Collection Frac Île-de-France — Photo : Martin Argyroglo

The works on show at Les Réserves bear witness to dialogues that are forged with other entities (Tracey Moffatt), rituals that are performed to invoke them, notably through music and song (Robin Girod, Camilo Restrepo, Colin Self). Personal mythologies (Ibrahim Meïté Sikely) then emerge via alternative channels and networks of perception and discussion (Prune Phi) and, ultimately, co-creative devices that expand them (Nicolas Faubert & Mona Young-eun Kim).

Like a reversible bag, or two parts of the same non-linear story, the exhibition can be visited from the Plateau to the Reserves or vice versa, and visitors are invited to take the paths of reading and interpretation they wish, by reading, looking, listening, touching, sitting on what is available — in short, to experience what surrounds them in their own way.

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Prune Phi, Otherworld communication, 2022 et Monstre 1, 2023 Vue de l’exposition Vieilles coques & jeunes récifs , Frac Île-de-France, Les Réserves, Romainville — Collection Frac Île-de-France — Photo : Martin Argyroglo

Curators : Céline Poulin and Alicia Reymond and secnography by rita elhajj and régis badgassarian

  • Opening Saturday, March 16 6 PM → 9 PM
  • Colin Self — Hippodrome du Précariat Performance Saturday, May 4 4 PM → 7 PM

    An ambulatory processional performance around the Frac in Romainville.

    On a 20-minute loop, Colin, along with a group of instrumentalists and acrobats perform a circular choreography through and in front of the building, revolving around two deconstructed, interloping fugues.

    They’re based on Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ 1967 hit “The Tears of a Clown” and Mylène Farmer’s 1991 hit “Désenchantée”; two uplifting songs about despondence popularized during times of mass protest.

    The English-French text performed will be a libretto co-authored and translated by French poet and musician Chouf. At times instrumental, at times acapella, Colin imagines the performance to be initially comical, unfolding into something…

    4pm: 1st loop of Hippodrome du Précariat

    5pm: guided tour with Alicia Reymond

    6pm: 2nd loop of Hippodrome du Précariat

    Colin Self (b. 1987 Oregon, USA) is an artist, composer and puppeteer based in Berlin Germany. They create music, performances, and new systems for interfacing with the human spirit, across a spectrum between the living and deceased.

    Many of their practices revolve around the temporary assembly of communities. Also, their work envelops collaborative and dialogical experiments into play. Self has been running XOIR since 2013, an alternative modality of group singing, and co-founded a performance school in 2023 with their collaborator Monica Mirabile.

    Their most recent commissions include “The World to Come”, composed for Berlin’s State Orchestra in 2020, “Tip the Ivy”, a semi-staged opera premiering in Graz in February 2022, and Performance Space NY in May 2022. Last year they were a resident artist at Callie’s Berlin and will be an artistic fellow at La Becque in Autumn 2024. Their third LP, respite ∞ levity for the nameless ghost in crisis will be out on RVNG Intl. in February 2025.

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43, rue de la Commune de Paris

93230 Romainville

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Official website

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Opening hours

Wednesday – Saturday, 2 PM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

Free entrance

The artists

  • Tracey Moffatt
  • Nina Canell
  • Hedwig Houben
  • Eden Tinto Collins
  • Clara Pacotte
  • Prune Phi
  • Ibrahim Meïté Sikely
  • Hatice Pinarbasi
  • Jimmy Beauquesne
  • Nicolas Faubert & Mona Young Eun Kim
And 6 others…