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Massinissa Selmani Ce qui coule n'a pas de fin

For his exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Massinissa Selmani has followed in the footsteps of Louise Michel in Algeria and New Caledonia, where this legendary figure of anarchism was deported from 1873 to 1880, after the defeat of the Paris Commune. She not only frequented Kanaks there, whose rebellion she supported, but also the Algerians who had been sent there to a penal colony after the insurrections of March 1871 in Kabylia. Thanks to these encounters, Louise Michel struck up friendships with the deported Algerians and promised to visit them. Thus, from October to December 1904, just a few months before her death, she travelled to Algeria, where she gave a series of talks denouncing religion, militarism and colonial violence.

Taking his inspiration from this little-known historical event, Massinissa Selmani has produced an installation in which omnipresent drawings spill out from the page, to invest the space in various forms. The artist thus raises questions about the current context, communication about revolts and our positioning “regarding the pain of others”, in the words of Susan Sontag.

Massinissa Selmani’s exhibition pursues an experimental project based on drawing, mingling a documentary approach with fictional constructions, while taking as its point of departure contemporary political and social issues from press cuttings. Through confrontation, juxtaposition and even the superposition of actual elements, whose contexts have systematically been concealed, the artist creates enigmatic, ambiguous scenes, bearing witness to the absurdity of human behaviours, or architecture as an instrument of power. By arranging large white spaces on the pages, and playing on effects of transparency and reserve, he invites us to fill in the gaps, to question the way we remember and write history, beyond any linear structure. In this way, he also raises questions about the production process but also the circulation and diffusion of media images, as well as the way they influence our perception of historical and current events.

Curator :Yoann Gourmel

 

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From 16/02/2018 to 13/05/2018

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“I discovered the existence of Louise Michel’s talks by chance in the press. I decided to undertake a research project ranging from the origins of her meeting with Algerians in New Caledonia, to her own travels in Algeria, and to go back over the places where the talks were made, and their content. The challenge was to plunge myself into a part of the shared history of Algeria, New Caledonia and France, chiming with current events.” Massinissa Selmani

Massinissa Selmani

After studying computing in Algeria, Massinissa Selmani (b. 1980, Algiers; lives in Tours, France) graduated from the École supérieure des beaux-arts in Tours. His work has subsequently been hailed by a special mention of the jury at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, and has appeared in a large number of solo and group exhibitions in France and abroad..

The winner of the Art Collector Prize and the SAM Prize for Contemporary Art in 2016, Massinissa Selmani has in particular exhibited in 2017 at the 13th Sharjah Biennial, the Biennale d’Architecture of Orléans (Frac Centre), the Drawing Biennial (London) and, in 2015, the first Triennale de Vendôme; the Dakar Biennial and the 13th Biennale de Lyon. His work is now part of important public and private collections, such as the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou (Paris); the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, the Frac Centre and the Samdani Art Foundation (Bangladesh).