Six Continents, or more


Answering the calls of the exhibition Ubuntu, un rêve lucide [Ubuntu, a lucid dream] by guest curator Marie-Ann Yemsi – calls for revolt, as well as for wisdom and healing – five exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo foreground artists whose practices cross borders and restore the capacity for action, to ideas, forms, and cultures which are more nomadic than static. Within spaces of conflict, past and present, these artists affirm equality and exchange as vital principles. Their artistic imaginaries are anchored in a world in which there are clearly no longer any centres, and indeed they help to multiply outwards the number of poles of attraction. But this fragmentation does not occlude history, quite the contrary: along with histories of diasporas and of creolization, narratives of liberation and emancipation as well as of violent stories of extraction and forced movement emerge throughout the exhibitions, always more lucid and more audible.


Jonathan Jones explores the destiny of plants and objects brought back to Europe from Australia by the Baudin expedition commissioned by Bonaparte, and questions the ways in which these extractions “can metamorphose into new forms […] of reciprocity and of restitution as part of processes of decolonization.” Maxwell Alexandre (laureate of the SAM Art Projects residency) lifts up Afro-Brazilian voices in his paintings, whose narratives superimpose local and global references and call for the occupation of the sites of power that make up the art world. Aïda Bruyère (laureate of the Grand Prix of the 64th Salon of Montrouge) and painter Jay Ramier (Lasco Project) choose to evoke through music and the recreation of festive spaces – Malian dancehall night clubs for Bruyère, hip-hop and funk heritage for Ramier – the ways in which musical cultures give rise to hybrid forms, expressions of a social body, and the emancipatory potential of moving bodies. While free jazz provides the soundtracks to the early films of Sarah Maldoror that chart decolonial liberation, it is above all poetry that proves to be her tool of choice for crossing borders from one continent to another, from Europe to Africa to the Caribbean. Beyond their singular forms of poetry, the artists in this season of exhibitions mobilize and share imaginaries that are not national but rather continental, and whose tectonic shifts are irreversible. Six Continents ou plus opens at the Palais de Tokyo on 26th November.


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From 26/11/2021 to 20/03/2022