For the tenth anniversary of the gallery anne barrault has invited a curator who, in turn, has invited eleven others. This collective exhibition will be like a game between these twelve curators who have wished to remain anonymous.
Rather than construct a group exhibition the content of which would be the structuring of a single concept and the linear juxtaposition of artworks, this project provides a collective and dynamic process. The set up game proposes various ways of display (group and solo exhibition, white cube and installation), and reflection on the structures of production (exchange, storage, hanging, curatorial practise etc). This project calls upon the viewer, the gallery, the atists and the invited curators.
Twelve international curators have been invited to take part in the exhibition. They come from different backgrounds : some are independent, others work for prestigious, private or public Collections, famous Foundations and Museums. They have built a collective conversation about the exhibition : they have entered a “domino” game. The first curator and instigator of it has selected a work and sent it to a second curator who, in return, has answered with another artwork. The third curator has reacted to the two artworks, adding one of his choice, and so on until twelwe artworks have been chosen by the twelve curators. Thus each of them has answered, completed and orientated the group exhibition which looks like a sentence for which each participant has added a word. They have all agreed to remain anonymous, and none of them (but for the instigator) knows who has been solicited.
Sarah Tritz has been commissioned to create an environment, a global installation for this group show built up in this way. She provides the storage. Every 48 hours, one of the artworks will be taken from the group and put in a different, empty space, a “White Cube”. Each work will be displayed only once in the White Cube, on its own. This will go on until each work has been shown once in isolation. When each of them has been singled out, the show will be over. The passage inside the “white cube” follows the order of the selection by the curators : the last piece exhibited is also the last one which has been chosen.
When presented alone, the content of the artwork remains extraneous to the exhibition as a whole. When it is with the others, its content is merged into the group. The system is both elegant and awkward. It resists initial reading of a “theme”, focusing instead on the underlying structure of each personal work and of the collective project. It echoes Sarah Tritz commissioned to create an installation for the group show, which provides a visual overload into space, a mechanism allowing the display of other artists’works, using items from her pre-existing vocabulary.
One of the curators declares : “ I like the idea of the tension and exchange between the single foregrounded work and the overfilled, storage-like picture of the rear-space. Also the dialogue and the alternation of the works isolated and staged exclusively, like a flow of ideas in a very long sentence, must be really interesting to follow and analyse the decisions behind the choice of them. That’s why I decided to participate.”
We would like (once more) to thank the curators who have wished to remain anonymous.