Invisible Monuments | La Galerie Paris

Invisible Monuments at La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec

Invisible Monuments | La Galerie

Invisible Monuments

Artists: Fayçal Baghriche, Eric Baudelaire, Tomaso De Luca, goldiechiari, Iris Touliatou, Stefanos Tsivopoulos

Curated by Costanza Paissan

As part of the annual foreign curator in residence programme, La Galerie is welcoming Costanza Paissan, from Italy. Chosen by a judging panel after a call for candidates, she will be in residence from 5 April to 5 July 2012 and will devote her time at La Galerie to the exhibition project Invisible Monuments.

In his essay “Monuments,” Austrian writer Robert Musil addresses the question of how monuments are perceived, describing them as “invisible” and “impregnated with something that repels attention.”

The exhibition takes Musil’s paradox of vision and attention as its starting point: monuments, while intended to attract the eye, are in fact imperceptible and “gaze-repellent.” “At variance with our senses, they slip out of view.”
What does this imply for those great tributes to the past, those statues of heroes and those buildings dedicated to “memorable” moments? Where are the traces of those who have gone before us, our exemplars for the present and the pillars on which to build the future?

26 May–21 July 2012

Friday 25 May, 6–9:30pm
Performance by Iris Touliatou during the opening
Free shuttle bus leaving from Paris, 7pm

La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre
1, rue Jean Jaurès
F-93130 Noisy-le-Sec, France
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 2–6pm
Saturday, 27pm and by appointment
Admission is free

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