July 2, 2007 - La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre - A History of One’s Own
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July 2, 2007

A History of One’s Own

Aurélien Froment, Werner Herzog (detail), 2002, various materials, 200 x 160 x 75 cm, Copyright Aurélien Froment, Collection: FNAC, Ministry of Culture and Communication, Paris.

A History of One’s Own
26 May – 21 July 2007

Victor Alimpiev, Marie Andersson, Karlotta Blöndal, Aurélien Froment,
Graham Gussin, Martin Karlsson, Guillaume Leblon
Guest curator in residence: Anna Johansson

La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre
1 rue Jean-Jaurès
F-93130 Noisy-le-Sec
T: +33 (0)1 49 42 67 17
lagalerie@noisylesec.fr

Residency for foreign curators

Wishing to contribute to the opening-up the French art scene to professionals from abroad, La Galerie, a Contemporary Art Centre located in the suburbs of Paris, hosts each year a foreign curator in residence for a period of three months. First organised in 2006, the aim of the residency is to put on an exhibition at La Galerie within the context of a French art centre, and to meet artists and professionals working in the contemporary art field in France.

The first curator in residence was Bettina Klein for her exhibition “Objet à part” (Ryan Gander, Alexander Gutke, Maria M. Loboda, Kirsten Pieroth, Wilhelm Sasnal, Albrecht Schäfer, Florian Slotawa and Simon Starling).

Selected via a call for exhibition projects, Anna Johansson (born 1976 in Uppsala, lives in Malmö, Sweden) has been working in Noisy-le-Sec on a group exhibition (with Victor Alimpiev, Marie Andersson, Karlotta Blöndal, Aurélien Froment, Graham Gussin, Martin Karlsson, Guillaume Leblon) entitled “A History of One’s Own” which she is currently presenting:

“A rather troubling experience we can have is that of suddenly waking up with the feeling of not knowing whether one’s still in the limitless domain of dream or in tangible reality. Whether it disturbs us or excites our imagination, this experience has the virtue of sending a radical tremor through reality, even if only for a second. The exhibition ‘A History of One’s Own’ tries to get in closer to these intermediate zones and examine the way the imaginative realm — from our fantasies to our dreams — can add to and even modify our relationship with truth.
La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre in Noisy-le-Sec

La Galerie is one of the forty Contemporary Art Centres in France, publicly funded by the City of Noisy-le-Sec, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ile-de-France region and the Seine-Saint-Denis département.

Founded in 1999, La Galerie offers a programme based on the notion of art as a sensory experience and a reflection of our relation to the world through a conceptual approach. Four exhibitions a year (two monographic, two thematic) offer hitherto unseen works by internationally recognized artists together with those of emerging French artists.

The centre’s main activities are to produce art works, publish bilingual reference publications, host artists and curators in residence and develop educational activities in relation to the artistic programme.
2005/2007 programme:

– Group exhibitions: “Makings of the Sublime” (James Ireland, Friedrich Kunath, Christopher Orr, Evariste Richer); “Cosmogonies” (Isabelle Arthuis, Soyoung Chung, Julien Discrit, Attila Csörgö, Vidya Gastaldon, Jean-Michel Wicker); “Expeditions” (Dove Allouche, Simon Boudvin, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Joachim Koester, Abraham Poincheval & Laurent Tixador, Daniel Roth, Hans Schabus) and others

– Guest curator’s exhibition: “Objet à part” (Ryan Gander, Alexander Gutke, Maria M. Loboda, Kirsten Pieroth, Wilhelm Sasnal, Albrecht Schäfer, Florian Slotawa, Simon Starling curator in residence: Bettina Klein)…

– Solo shows: Laurent Montaron, Olivier Nottellet, Myriam Mechita…
Upcoming exhibitions:

– Evariste Richer (15 September – 17 November 2007)
– Adam Adach (4 December 2007 – 2 February 2008)
– “Night visions” (group show / 8 March – 10 May 2008)

La Galerie is a member of:
tram, Paris/lle-de-France contemporary art network: www.tram-idf.fr
d.c.a, French association for the Development of Art Centres: www.dca-art.com
This exhibition is part of “Plein soleil” (Out in the Sun / Summer in the Art Centres) organised by d.c.a with the Ministry of Culture and Communication’s Visual Arts Delegation.
Application deadline for the next curator’s residency: 15 January 2008
For further information, please contact Marianne Lanavère, director, at: lagalerie@noisylesec.fr

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