CE QUI RESTE ET CE QUI S’OUBLIE
MUSÉE DE L’HISTOIRE DE L’IMMIGRATION . PARIS . FRANCE
Curators : Meriem Berrada and Isabelle Renard
Fruit of a partnership between the Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech and the Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris, the exhibition Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste explores the idea of dissemination in the works of eighteen artists from the African continent and its diasporas.Today, as communication, rolling news and social media – but also individualism – reign supreme, what can we say about dissemination? What of that action whose purpose is to pass on to a new generation memories, compendia of personal recollections and slices of life gleaned here and there?
© Studio Joël Andrianomearisoa
Above and beyond traditions, rituals and the intergenerational transmission of knowledge and skills, what methods of linguistic, political, spiritual and social dissemination shape our world view and construct our identity?
With its personal accounts that provide a broad historical perspective, the exhibition Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste combines heritages and circulations, and examines issues of frontiers and migrations, bonds between generations, and history and memory on either side of the Mediterranean and over the African continent
Paintings, weaves, sculptures, videos, installations and performances – some of them commissioned works produced by artists representative of the vitality of African art – are devoted as much to exchanges as to break-ups and that which has been forgotten, omitted or made invisible.
Counter to the colourful representations of a supposed African artistic production, the intention of Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste, as it alternates between continuity and points of separation, is to debunk the clichés of a visual identity related to the continent. Far from homogenous, the visual accounts of the artists reveal a plethora of specificities, facets and complexities.
“to the memory of all
to the diversity
of the present
in memory of all
of an account
of an era
to the multiple
to the memory of all
to an excellent future” – Joël Andrianomearisoa