EXISTENCE #2 [Social distancing]20/06/2020 - 01/08/2020
Born from a collective initiative, EXISTENCE is an exhibition format for visual arts and other projects, reserved for emerging artists with a contemporary practice and living on the territory of Martinique. For the second edition of the « EXISTENCE » exhibition cycle, the young generation of artists are questioning distancing through an original collective creation. Between uncertainties and humor a group of young visual artists question the physical and symbolic limits of their practices.
The term « Social distancing » appeals to the spatial dimension but also engaged in artistic production. By « distancing », one must understand taking a step back in the literal sense, the spontaneous gesture that protects us from the other. But one can also assume « distancing » as a reflective step back. A distancing which can therefore be in this sense, anopportunity to see things from different angles, to change point of view, to give rise to new questions.
The term « distancing » is also a heritage from the performing arts. It has a spatial and social connotation, since it involves meet- ing the spectator. At the heart of the work, or on the contrary put at a distance, it enters into a form of dialogue with the artist through staging. The distancing allows to shift the power of meaning of the works, by giving back his critical mind to the spec- tator.
The exhibition « Social distancing » navigates between these dimensions while echoing the new vocabulary that currently governs our human relationships. It then poses the question of the limit, and proposes an evolving answers with malleable bor-ders. This exhibition allows the artists to represent the contradictions and social flaws in which the possibilities of transformationand emancipation for their generation reside.
The exhibition Existence # 2 thinks of the presence of the other, artist as well as spectator. It is an excuse to summon the re- sources, to mobilize the collective energies of this young generation of artists, in order to provide answers to the destabilizing experiences that nevertheless unite them.
EXISTENCE # 2 brings together eleven reflective consciousnesses on the production of works of art in a hybridcultural space. The selected works effectively question the creative intention, the purpose, and the completion of formally con- temporary practices. Artists who, in a collective dynamic, try to decipher the limits of the common through the symbolism of their productions.
With this exhibition, the curators duo Arthur Francietta & Jérémie Priam, shows us in what ways the cultural and social achievements of artists, anchored in a contemporary Caribbean, can be in conscious relation with the world of today.
Alice ARNAUD – Jean-Marc BULLET – Pauline & Mathilde BONNET – Jonathan CLAUDE – Marvin FABIEN – Bahbou FLORO – YannMONTOUT – Jérémie PRIAM – Ludgi SAVON – Stedy THEODORE – Alex KVRY – Kidjahna WACCUS