City Prince/sses

Palais de Tokyo , Paris, France
21 Jun 2019 - 09 Sep 2019


Jothashilpa, "Jhorer Pakhi",(Stormy Bird), (detail). Courtesy of Jothashilpa. © Sarker Protick.

The exhibition City Prince/sses is presented as an imaginary, multiple and complex city, without borders, messy, staggering and creative: an unpredictable laboratory, which is always in motion and being (re)constructed. Visual artists, creators, fashion designers, experimenters, tattooists, musicians: a good 50 artists are taking over the Palais de Tokyo and will be presented without any geographical grouping, mostly via new productions and site specific interventions.

DHAKA, LAGOS, MANILA, MEXICO CITY and TEHRAN: As many rhizomatic world-cities subjectively chosen, guided at this time by our curiosity. All five are expressions of a fabric of contradictions, as seen in their saturated traffic which coexists with digital networks supposedly work fluidly. Quite clearly, these megacities are very different from one another. Their cultural, political and social singularities teem with numerous narratives which are all side-tracks providing glimpses into their identities, devoid of anything that could be univocal.

With: Aderemi Adegbite, Mehraneh Atashi, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Biquini Wax EPS, Britto Arts Trust*, Luciano Calderon, Chelsea Culprit, Ndidi Dike, Doktor Karayom, Ema Edosio, Kadara Enyeasi, Falz, Dex Fernandez, Dina Gadia, Betzabé García, David Griggs, Ha.Mü, Timmy Harn, La Havi, Amir Kamand, Hoda Kashiha, Lulu**, Tala Madani, Farrokh Mahdavi, Pow Martinez, Arash Nassiri, Leeroy New, Emeka Ogboh, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Adeola Olagunju, Ashfika Rahman, Mahbubur Rahman, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, John Jayvee del Rosario et Maine Magno (Urban Decay Planning), Bárbara Sánchez-Kane, Reetu Sattar, Mamali Shafahi, Reza Shafahi, Justin Shoulder, Mohammad Shoyeb, Manuel Solano, Newsha Tavakolian, Stephen Tayo, Tercerunquinto, Traición***, WAFFLESNCREAM, Maria Jeona Zoleta, Zombra

Between skyscrapers and shacks, urgency and patience, megacities are undergoing a chaotic expansion, mingling transfers of capital with technological connexions in financial centres, generating urban margins with numerous inequalities. This vast, disorderly movement transforms cities into ceaseless work sites, favouring imaginary deviations. The artists which then emerge are thus the flâneurs of the 21st century, the hackers of our responses to an urban environment which is often functional and standardized.

Raw and head-spinning hangings, mysterious landscapes, luminous or opaque zones, backrooms and traps: the presentation of the show has been conceptualised by the architect Olivier Goethals, according to the rhythms of day and night, from profusion to desaturation, alternating between monographic zones and terrains for encounters. He has elaborated an architectural pathway which reveals and accentuates the lines of force in the building, which is here being envisaged as an immense common area.

*Britto Arts Trust is a collective founded by Tayeba Lippi and Mahbubur Rahman
**Lulu is an independent space founded by Martin Soto Climent and Chris Sharp
***Traición is a collective founded by Alberto Bustamante, Lucia Anaya, Pepe Romero and Diego Jiménez




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