Wesley Meuris

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Matérialisme Histérique

18 October - 29 November 2014

Group show at Gallery Jérôme Poggi, Paris, France
Opening Saturday 18 October 2014, from 2pm – 8pm

 

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Participating artists: Babi Badalov, Fayçal Baghriche ,Nemanja Cvijanović, Larissa Fassler, Jérémie Gaulin, Jérôme Guigue, Kapwani Kiwanga, Bertrand Lamarche, Wesley Meuris, Société Réaliste, Oxana Timofeeva, Thu Van Tran

 

By capturing historical materials, art reflects and manufactures our relationship with History and stories; it relates and evades its own story, the history of art, but it also weaves and updates minor stories that were constantly infringing upon the dominating, ideological, great History. Artists counterfeit forms of historical discourse: imaginary archives, fantastic archaeologies, subversive hagiographies, ghost museums for the ghost theater that is the history at work within contemporary art. The Histerical Materialism exhibition proposes to examine this obsession with respect to the historical reality of artists, whose artistic proposals succeed in making «delirious world», beginning with the discourse that structures it as the world, the account of its history. If historical materialism imposed the history of class struggle as the only model to interpret reality for the vast majority of Marxist thought, would the reverse side of the coin and below this confusion, be histerical materialism. Would its challenge for art be to destabilise the awareness gained of our historiographical orthodoxy?