June 19, 2009 - La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre - Through Body & Text
June 19, 2009

Through Body & Text

Michael Dean

À corps & à textes
[Through Body & Text]

Orla Barry, Michael Dean, Clare Gasson, Falke Pisano,
Reto Pulfer, Alexandre Singh, Richard T. Walker

2 June – 25 July 2009

1, rue Jean Jaurès
F-93130 Noisy-le-Sec, France
lagalerie [​at​] noisylesec.fr

Guest curator: Francesco Pedraglio,
in the framework of La Galerie’s annual residency for curators

The exhibition À corps & à textes [Through Body & Text] explores the contradictory yet creative relationship between the narrative, poetic and analytic potentialities of writing, investigating their wide spectrum of manifestations and their experimental results in the practice of seven international artists.

The conceptual framework of À corps & à textes could be described as a fragile equilibrium between coexisting strategies of employing written words as a motor for artistic creation: from an exquisite rarefaction of the art object through subjective narrations to an analytic investigation of language as a medium for regaining the physicality of the work itself. The heterogeneous pieces presented by the artists position themselves between these major attitudes: in the interstices of writing as ‘dematerialising power’ and in the folds of ‘lettering as sculpting’.

The existence of endless poetic shadings, as countless as the narratives used by the artists in recollecting fragments of reality as a basis for their work, can transmute the most subjective everyday account into mythology and the most scrupulous analysis of a text into a physical object. Writing is the fil rouge that connects these extremes, creating a fluid field of encounters for the works on show.

Annual residency programme for curators at Noisy-le-Sec / Paris, France

Since 2006, La Galerie has hosted foreign curators for an annual three-month residency, in order to support an exhibition in a French contemporary art centre and allowing a discovery of the Île-de-France contemporary scene (artists, professionals, other organizations…). The annual residency for curators at La Galerie is receiving the backing of DRAC Île-de-France (Ministry of Culture).

Francesco Pedraglio is a curator born in 1981 in Italy, and now based in London where he cofounded FormContent with Caterina Riva and Pieternel Vermoortel.

Selected by La Galerie’s board via a call for candidates to achieve his project À corps & à textes, he is in residence at Noisy-le-Sec from 6 April to 5 July 2009.


Forthcoming programme at La Galerie:

- Samuel Richardot, solo show (19 September – 21 November 2009)
- Bettina Samson, solo show (5 December 2009 – 13 February 2010)
- Work / Process / Material / Gesture, group show (27 February – 24 April 2010)
- Jason Dodge, solo show in coproduction with Kunstverein Hannover (29 May – 24 July 2010)

La Galerie
Contemporary Art Centre

1, rue Jean Jaurès
F-93130 Noisy-le-Sec, France
www.lagalerie.noisylesec.fr (website under construction)

Access by train in 10 min. from Paris: RER line E from Saint-Lazare/Haussmann or Gare du Nord, then 10 minutes walk

Tuesday to Friday: 2 – 6pm
Saturday: 2 – 7pm
Exceptional open Sunday: Sunday 21st June 11am – 7pm
Closed on 14th July

La Galerie is a publicly funded contemporary art centre, receiving assistance from the City of Noisy-le-Sec, the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Île-de-France), the Seine-Saint-Denis Departement and the Île-de-France Region.

Reto Pulfer’s participation to the exhibition À corps & à textes receives the backing of PRO HELVETIA, Swiss arts council: www.prohelvetia.ch

La Galerie is a member of:
tram, Paris/Île de France contemporary art network: www.tram-idf.fr
d.c.a, French association for the development of art centres

This exhibition is part of the event OUT IN THE SUN / SUMMER IN THE ART CENTRES 2009



La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre in Noisy-le-Sec / Paris, France

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