Museum of African Contemporary Art , Marrakech, Morocco
The exhibition explores matter and its symbolic significance, in a plurality of dimensions and formal experiences, crossing various discourses in the service of a new aethetic.
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos presents a multisensoriel installation "DO touch and smell". An installation that questions the physical connections existing between the viewer and the art work in an exhibition setting. In this work she offers visitors an opportunity to interact in a more direct and intimate way with the various materials present in the exhibition and reconsider along the way their experience of it. She collaborated with professional perfumers from Givaudan perfume to create an interpretation of the scent of materials found in the exhibition. Inside the installation, the visitor faces a large wall covered with hundreds of sorbaroards whose caps are made of stone, plaster, wool, sugar, iron...and each containing inside the fragrances attached to that same material. Visitors are encouragred to remove the cap and smell the fragrance while holding in their hand that material. Deprived from the all-too-obvious visual dimension of it, they can now engage into their own personal olfactory and tactile journey into the world of materials to capture their essence.
Luv and Lee
Fine white sand meanders across the floor - the installation by Lena von Goedeke and Sophia Pompéry lends the exhibition space hase29 the atmosphere of a changeable and at the same time timeless landscape. Fragments of text hidden under the sand are exposed in an air stream or made to disappear by drifting. Everything appears fleeting and fragmentary.
Luv and Lee form the first cooperation between Lena von Goedeke (*1983) and Sophia Pompéry (*1984). A common point of departure for the subtle, ambiguous works of both artists is their interest in scientific phenomena. Pompéry and Goedeke deal in detail with borderline perceptual situations: with their own sense of absurdity, they show how unreliable, ambivalent and enigmatic perception is and how our resonance towards natural processes behaves.
"First nature was a model, today it has become an afterimage of art." (Martin Seel) The abyss of nature has fascinated us from time immemorial to the present day. Especially today - unlike in earlier times - we are no longer just indifferent viewers*, but we are beginning more and more to fear the consequences of our interventions on planet Earth and are already suspecting what could happen to nature and to us.
NATUR appears in the installation LUV UND LEE as an erratic image, as a sublime site of an intervention, in which the minimalist scenery creates an underlying disturbing irritation. Before our eyes and under our feet, "Luv und Lee" literally turns into compelling questions about ourselves and our ethics in dealing with an endlessly "used" nature. .....
co-curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and Andrea Petrini
Assembling 25 chefs and 20 artists from around the world, Cookbook?19 explores through a large panorama the relationship between the future art of cooking and the edibleness of art. As the second chapter of a project first organised in 2013 at the the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the exhibition will be commissioned by the same team : the art critic, curator and co-founder of Palais de Tokyo Nicolas Bourriaud and food journalist, globetrotter, curator and creator of the World restaurant Awards, Andrea Petrini. Since trends in art and cuisine have evolved over the past five years, new criterias have emerged: Instagram potential, focus on microorganisms and their effects on the body (gluten free, vegan...), cultural identity, and globalization (appropriation, locavorism...).
The 2019 edition focuses on the unprecedented convergence of these subjects, highlighting an emerging generation of creators bound by a desire to interact with their environment and explore the stimulation of multiple senses. The choices of this new generation of chefs and artists are motivated by the exploration and incursion of each other's worlds: cooks will make live music or enable us to physically enter into the spirit of their dishes, while artists will try to push us to develop our sense of smell or taste.
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos is presenting two puzzles and a video from her body of works "Chez Naussica" that revisits the definition of the Ancient Greek tradition of hospitality in the light of the current refugee crisis that has deeply transformed our relation to Otherness in Europe and beyond.
For this project, she re-enacted the ancient tradition of hospitality in a series of dinner performances that invited small groups of twelve Greek locals, refugees and expats to share anonymously a family-style dinner. The human interactions and personal stories that unfolded during each meal acted as the starting point for her to create artworks that explore the revealing of the Self and the construction of the relationship with the Other thru food.
Villa Heike and other stories
First exhibition in the renovated building that will host artist workshops. The show is curated by Pierre Granoux* & Michael Schäfer.
The building used to be the place where the Stasi stored its archives.
Inhabiting the Mediterranean
Curated by Pedro Azara & Coordinated by Marta Arroyo Planelles
Herbert List, Anna Marín, Camille Henrot, Ali Cherri, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Marwan Rechmaoui, Rayyane Tabet, Susan Hefuna, Zarina Hashmi, Dora García, Le Corbusier, Ismaïl Bahri, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Juan Muñoz, Hrair Sarkissian, Sergi Aguilar, Gabriele Basilico, Abbas Kiarostami, Taysir Batniji, Jordi Colomer, José Manuel Ballester, Juan Uslé, Marie Menken, Maria Lai, Tonino Casula, Albert García-Alzórriz, Dieter Roth and Richard Hamilton, Till Roeskens, Massinissa Selmani, Anne-Marie Filaire, Mohammed Al-Hawajri, Majd Abdel Hamid, Khaled Jarrar, Rami Farah, Randa Mirza, Anila Rubiku, Kader Attia, Martin Parr, Vasantha Yogananthan, Julia Schulz-Dornburg, Carlos Spottorno, Corinne Silva, Yazan Khalili, Efrat Shvily.