Curator: Sophie Kaplan & Virginie Yassef
« Poetry must be made by all. Not by one. », wrote Lautréamont in The Songs of Maldoror (Les chants de Maldoror). This famous assertion was used by the surrealists to emphasize the importance of the reader and the universalism of poetry, but also of the possibility to write using several hands.
What is true for literature is also true for the other arts and what was true to the surrealists is still true today: By unveiling the truth, we discover that many pieces of works, even though mostly written by one artist, were realized by several hands, at least with the involvement of accomplices, artists themselves or belonging to other fields of creation or from a completely different field.
The exhibition Partenaires Particuliers (Private Partners) looks into these works, as well as their creation process. It answers a double willing: interrogating the concept of artistic signature in one hand, and on the other, entering the trade secret.
Besides recent works, a great importance is given to works of reference, exhibited in an independent way, as well as events, that will allow us to state interdisciplinary collaborations and the mix of artistic genres.
Finally, the exhibition is also built on a close collaboration mode between the different participants and, at last, as a common and polyphonic score. Thusly, there will be the soundtrack, the narrative, but also the exhibition’s signposting components, imagined and conceived especially for this occasion and who will draw a thread between the different propositions.
Many events, in echo to the exhibition, are proposed: performance by Clédat & Petitpierre, concert by Charlie Jeffery & Co. for the opening day, films screenings by the collectives of artists The Silo, shows’ programming by or with Philippes Quesne, etc.