MALEDNN, Little Flagman-1, 2008

MALEDNN, Little Flagman-1, 2008

This exhibition is a group show aiming at understanding who is ‘the public enemy’ today through the questions of destruction, confinement or act of vandalism. ” What is the place for creativity in prison? How does one survive in prison? As British artist Sarah LUCAS, puts it : in prison the only freedom is freedom of imagination, so I thought let’s see what they are doing with this freedom there…” Barbara Polla adds.

Zhang Dali, "Mao Zedong with Stalin, December 1950", 2009; acrylic on canvas, 103x149cm

Zhang Dali, “Mao Zedong with Stalin, December 1950”, 2009; acrylic on canvas, 103x149cm

 

Zhang Dali, "Chengzhuang School, 2009"; acrylic on canvas, 120x156cm

Zhang Dali, “Chengzhuang School, 2009”; acrylic on canvas, 120x156cm

For Mat COLLISHAW the question of confinement is always present. From his beginnings, with the Bird-Song cycle, he put birds in a cage, he took away not only their freedom to fly but also to sing. In 2010, he focused his photo series on the death row prisoners’ last meal.

Jean-Michel PANCIN chose prison as the subject of his work. The Avignon actual prison in France became the object of his artistic work. Jackie SUMELL created works in collaboration with Herman Joshua Wallace locked up in solitary confinement for now 38 years in Louisiana. This work answers to the simple question ” what kind of house a man who lived in a 6x9m box for more than 30 years can dream about? ”

VHILS (aka Alexandre FARTO) on his side shows works made of destruction of walls with a jackhammer. The destruction is not an act of vandalism but he tries, by this technique, to redraw the urban archaeology. Nonetheless this act makes him, very often, considered as the “public enemy” .

VHILS, Ataxia #5, 2013; carved wooden antic doors, courtesy galerie magda danysz

VHILS, Ataxia #5, 2013; carved wooden antic doors, courtesy galerie magda danysz

VHILS, Ataxia #6, 2013; carved wooden antic doors, courtesy galerie magda danysz

VHILS, Ataxia #6, 2013; carved wooden antic doors, courtesy galerie magda danysz

About the exhibition

Curator: Barbara Polla and Magda Danysz

Artists: Mat Collishaw / Mounir Fatmi / Maleonn / Joanna Malinowska / Luc Mattenberger / Jean-Michel Pancin / Jhafis Quintero / Jackie Summel / Vhils / Zhang DaLi

Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 11:00-19:00; Sat 14:00-19:00

Tel: 0033-01-45833851

Add: 78, rue Amelot, Paris 11, France

Courtesy of the artists and Magda Danysz Gallery, for futher information please visit www.magda-gallery.com.

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