Dans la rue Saint-Gilles
Exhibition from April 27 to May 26 2018. Thursday to Saturday from 2.30 to 7.00 pm
Opening : thursday 26 of April from 6.00 to 9.00 pm
Wilfredo Prieto is a Cuban conceptual artist, who gives new meaning to ordinary and familiar objects in the sense of minimal and synthetic aesthetics, developing a maximum of narrative force with a minimum of means.
His most important exhibitions include: System error, Museo de Arte contemporáneo del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela; Ping-pong grid, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (2015); Speaking Badly about Stones, S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium (2014); Leaving something to chance, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico (2012); Balancing the curve, HangarBiccoca, Milano, Italy (2012); Left/Right, Museo de Arte Contemporáno de Vigo (Marco), Vigo Spain (2011); Landscape with the fall of Icarus, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon Portugal (2011); Mountain, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium (2008); A moment of silence, Artists Web Projects, Dia Art Foundation, New York United States (2007); Dead angle, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France (2006); Much ado about nothing II.
MUSAC, León, Spain (2005).
Furthermore, his work has been part of biennials such as the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011); the 54th and the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Venice Italy (2011 and 2007); the 11th Lyon Biennial, Lyon France (2011); the XIth Bienal Internacional de Cuenca, Ecuador (2011); the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale (2010); the XII, XI, X, VIII and VII Habana Biennials, La Habana, Cuba (2015, 2012, 2009, 2003 and 2000) and the 1st Singapore Biennial, Singapore (2006).
Fondation Brownstone 26 rue Saint-Gilles 75003 Paris
With the participation of Dr. Henry Bell and students from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England.
Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow (Traceability is Credibility) is a conceptual participative work, created by Bryan McCormack, with at its core the visualization of the European refugee crisis and above all, to give voice to a people who don’t have one. A singular common voice for hundreds of thousands of people scattered across Europe, from over 30 nationalities (speaking as many languages) in majority children, often who can’t read nor write.
This subject-matter has been photographed, filmed and commented-on across all media in recent years so creating a work on this, through passive voyeuristic cliches would be pointless, as only the refugees themselves can visualize and give voice to this humanitarian disaster. This work was created by the participation of refugees : each refugee receives 3 sheets of paper and colored pens and is invited to draw 3 sketches, one of their life before (Yesterday), one of their current life (Today) and one of their life imagined in the future (Tomorrow).
Specially created for the Brownstone Foundation, this Installation Performance immerses the viewer in these drawings, in the heart of past, present and future of 45 nationalities and 50 different languages. By making these drawings, refugees leave their mark, reinvent their own culture and make their own contemporary voices heard as they lose all traces of their cultural heritage. Traceability is Credibility; without it, the existence of a people disappears. Every refugee design counts. Each drawing is a voice. Every voice counts.