Paris has long captured the artistic imagination. In recent decades, Paris, like the other great post-colonial metropolitan centres in Western Europe, has become home not only to itinerant Europeans, but to citizens from further afield. Their presence has infused these cities with a cultural vitality and pluralism which has transformed established ideas of location, identity and culture itself.
This exhibition curated by Hou Hanru, a Chinese curator and critic based in Paris, brings together the work of nine artists who live and work (or lived and worked) in Paris but whose cultural roots lie outside France: Absalon, Chen Zhen, Chohreh Feyzdjou, Thomas Hirschhorn, Huang Yong Ping, Tiina Ketara, Sarkis, Shen Yuan, and Tsuneko Taniuchi. Most were commissioned to make new works specifically for the exhibition. The result is an extraordinary diversity of works, which overlap and interact through their investigations into location, dislocation and cultural identity within the contemporary metropolis.
Organised by the Institute of international Visual Arts in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre, and supported by the International Initiatives Fund of the Arts Council of England, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, the Association Française d’Action Artistique and the Institut français, London.