September 11, 2008 - Kadist Art Foundation - Archaeology of Longing
September 11, 2008

Archaeology of Longing

Lisa Tan
Hotel Principal Towels, 2008, C-print, 76.2 x 101.6 cm.
Courtesy the artist and D’Amelio Terras, New York.

Archaeology of Longing (Archéologie de la Chine)
September 19 – November 9, 2008

19 bis – 21 rue des Trois Frères,
75018 Paris, France

With a title drawn from a short story by Susan Sontag, Archaeology of Longing is an exhibition bringing together a number of artworks, artifacts, and common objects. It begins as an investigation into disenchantment, soon digressing through the historical flatlands of interpretation and substitution. Far from melancholic, and closer to what can be described as politically intimate, the exhibition is an inventory of that journey.

Archaeology of Longing includes artwork by Alejandro Cesarco, Luca Frei, Emma Hedditch, Bethan Huws, Fabio Kacero, Rober Racine, Kay Rosen, Kateřina Šedá, Joe Scanlan and Lisa Tan; artifacts and objects on loan by several contributors, including Tania Bruguera and Archives Erik Satie; and exhibition furniture designed by Tomás Alonso.

A series of events will take place as part of the exhibition. On the evening of September 18th, Luca Frei makes a reading of his book The so-called utopia of the centre beaubourg – An interprétation, and Emma Hedditch performs a new work at the Musée de Montmartre in Paris. On the night of November 1st, Lars Svendsen gives a lecture on his Philosophy of Boredom at Kadist Art Foundation.

A collection of findings uncovered during the archaeology of longing is also available as a publication titled 84 handkerchiefs, an umbrella and some books.

Curated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, in residence at Kadist Art Foundation, a private foundation in Paris, France. Initiated in 2001, Kadist is dedicated to promoting contemporary art through the constitution of an art collection, and the organization of exhibitions and residencies in its space in Paris.

Kadist Art Foundation
19 bis – 21 rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris, France
Gallery Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 2-7pm |

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