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Julien Creuzet Maïs Chaud Marlboro

For the Rencontres d’Arles, Palais de Tokyo is inviting Julien Creuzet, as part of the VR Arles Festival in partnership with Fisheye.

Julien Creuzet explores different cultural heritages, associating most often poetry, song, photography, film and installation. He combines these media like languages that enrich each other mutually; their (inter)weaving brings out spaces, coincidences, or games that are both precise and laid-back, giving free rein to the imagination. The islands that form the archipelago of the West Indies, and their history marked by Western colonisations, have clearly marked the thought of Édouard Glissant, which has in turn inspired this artist’s creative attitude. As in these writings, the work of Julien Creuzet suggests that neither the identity of the individual nor a given collective identity is frozen. Exchanges are made with others, without self-denial.

Maïs Chaud Marlboro is the artist’s first virtual reality production. In this framework, his focus fixes on the cultivation and distribution of maize. The offspring of Mesoamerican gods, and cultivated for ten thousand years in Mexico, it was imported to Europe in the 16th century and is today sold grilled on clandestine stalls in the Barbès neighbourhood of Paris. A chant forms the ambient voice of the exhibition, while images of Mexican landscapes and monuments, pre-Columbian objects and shots of maize fields in Europe are combined together.

Curator : Daria de Beauvais

Exhibition Off Site Exhibition

From 2/07/2018 to 26/08/2018

Galerie Arena
16, rue des Arènes - 13631 Arles

“In an exhibition, you can tell a story, and this story can adopt the form of a fiction. […] I tend to offer visions, and I elaborate a fiction when I start to think, to create forms, while placing these different forms in a relationship, or a circulation circuit... I decide how I want to show them.” Julien Creuzet

Julien Creuzet

Julien Creuzet is a visual artist, video-maker, performer and poet. Through environments made up of composite sets, he organises passages between imaginaries and other places, the social realities of here and now, and the forgotten stories of minorities. Video is used in his environments as an element which is at once plastic and sculptural, a form in constant mutation and a creator of narratives. It often results from written, sung or declaimed poems, unexpected encounters or collaborations.

Born in 1986 in Blanc-Mesnil, Julien Creuzet lives and works in Montreuil. He has been the subject of several solo shows, recently at the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard and Bétonsalon – Centre de recherche (Paris, 2018), or else previously at the Galerie NaMiMa in the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Nancy (2016), or the Frac Basse-Normandie (Caen, 2015). His work has also appeared in numerous group shows, including the Rencontres de Bamako, the 11th African Photography Biennale (2017), the 14th Lyon Biennale (2017), the Frac Pays de la Loire (Carquefou, 2016) or La Galerie, Centre d’art Contemporain (Noisy-le-Sec, 2015). He is represented by Document Gallery in Chicago.

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