Personal show presenting 4 video works (captured webperformances), 5 reactualisation of texts from collective writing projects on the
internet and a book. All works have been made in collaboration with others. Some works need public participation.
Is the artist, Annie Abrahams, in training for a better world, when she appears on the invitation for the exhibition, "Training for a Better World", spinning around in a deserted landscape?
Maybe. Yet, the pieces she has presented to the Regional Centre of Contemporary Art were all done in collaboration with others. The artist does not show us what this better world will be like, she even says that she has no idea, but she insinuates that it will be built on multiple voices and the dissension between art and non-art, between politics and the a-political, between the common and the singular, and between the everyday and the exceptional.(1)
Annie Abrahams intentionally paraphrases Jacques Rancière when she says that "reality must be captured to make it accessible to thought". She reveals this often dirty, boring, banal, sometimes vulgar, and always fractured and multiple reality in her pieces of performance, video and "shared writing" on the Internet. And to do this, she has chosen to work around universal concepts: fear, anger, loneliness, madness, love, etc.
More information : http://aabrahams.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/invitation-training-for-a-better-world/
(1). The artist talks about it in an interview with Fadat Manuel, the author of Conversations with Claire Fontaine, Stephen Wright, Paul Ardenne and Alain Badiou, published in 2010 by Éditions Appendices. Fadat raises "the question of political and social dimensions in contemporary art." The interview is published by the artist and is included in the exhibition. The text of this conversation in French will be available from October 28 on lulu as a book, ebook and as a pdf (free).
With: Albertine Meunier, Anne Laforet, Bérénice Belpaire, Caroline
Delieutraz, Curt Cloninger, Eliza Fantozzi, Enna Chaton, Fabien Mousse, Hedva Eltanani, Helen Varley Jamieson, Hortense Gauthier, Ienke Kastelein, Inès Kchaou, Jan de Weille, Julie Chateauvert, Ka ReN, Laurence Moletta, Laurie Bellanca, Lizvlx, Lucille Calmel, Manuel Fadat, Martina Ruhsam, Nicolas Frespech, Olga Kisseleva, Olga P Massanet, Pascale Barret, Paula Roush, Sabine Revillet, Simona Polvani, Suzon Fuks and Ursula Endlicher.