July 7, 2021 – September 18, 2021
Artists: Léonore Camus-Govoroff, Louis Chaumier, Jérôme Girard, Ninon Hivert, Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, Maïa Lacoustille, Lucille Leger, Masha Silchenko, Chloé Vanderstraeten
Des soleils encore verts is an exhibition in movement imagined by the Champs magnétiques collective, with work by nine recent graduates of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. The title of the project, taken from a poem by Andrée Chedid, can be translated as Suns Still Green — it implies hope and new possibilities. The participating artists are united by a shared interest in what could be, whether in our world or in another. The exhibition offers potential forms of resistance, new spiritual horizons and alternative futures.
The exhibition is designed to adapt, transform and produce new forms of interaction with art. It makes use of short openings in the programming of its host venues, taking place in several acts with each occupation conceived as a fragment of a whole, growing out from previous iterations and anticipating what is yet to come. The exhibition initiates its own cartography as it takes root across multiple territories, allowing itself to be shaped by each venue.
The project’s first cycle unfolds in four spaces : Mains d’Œuvres, an independent venue that supports artist projects and citizens’ initiatives; CAC Brétigny, Contemporary Art Center of National Interest, whose structure, marked by the theories of popular education and co-creation, functions as a collective space, each participating actively in the construction and identity of the project; Bétonsalon, a centre for contemporary art and research whose collaborative approach invites the questioning of notions of hospitality and the commons; and finally DOC!, a space run by and for artists offering residence programmes and exhibitions. Settling in other institutions and artistic organisations remains a possibility for the future, the project potentially migrating indefinitely.
This first cycle of exhibitions develops upon fertile ground upon which emerge artistic, curatorial and editorial practices in perpetual evolution. Champs magnétiques seeks the possibility of being together, creating together. With vagrancy at the root of its project, Champs magnétiques has no set course, preferring impulse and disorientation.
Des soleils encore verts, an exhibition in movement
- Mains d’Œuvres, 7-10 July 2021
- CAC Brétigny, 15-17 July 2021
- Bétonsalon, 30 July – 1 August 2021
- DOC!, 3-5 September 2021
- La Passerelle, 16-18 September 2021
Champs magnétiques is a collective of young curators, students of the professional master’s degree “Contemporary art and its exhibition” at the Sorbonne Université. Its members are Elizabeth Allen, Sergi Álvarez Riosalido, Lucie Brechette, Lisa Colin, Maria Claudia Gamboa, Magdalena Gemra, Thomas Maestro, Lola Majzels, Violette Morisseau, Léa Pagnier, Marie Plagnol and Tom Rowell.
The exhibition «Des soleils encore verts» is supported by the Beaux-Arts de Paris, the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD, Paris), the Sorbonne Université, the CVEC-Crous of Paris and the City of Paris. The exhibition also benefits from an exceptional loan of films from the Collective Young Cinema and the usage of exhibitions spaces of Mains d’Oeuvres, CAC Brétigny, Bétonsalon, DOC! and Sorbonne Université.
Photo: View of the exhibition Des soleils encore verts, Mains d’Œuvres, Saint-Ouen, from July 7th to 10th, 2021 © Clément Boute