"Archipelago" is a residency programme designed in collaboration with the art schools in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Denain and Lille, with the support of the Drac Hauts-de-France and the Pas de Calais department.
“[Archipelagos] These sorts of diversities in spatial expansions, which nevertheless rally coastlines andmarry horizons.” (Edouard Glissant, Treatise on the Whole World, 1993).
This residency allowed them to pursue their artistic exploration through readings, sound and visual recordings, object collection, handling, welding, sewing, engraving and numerous conversations. They took on a new working environment, experimented with new techniques and involved other artists, students, instructors and residents in their artistic processes.
The fruits of these new experiences are presented in the exhibition at the Frac Grand Large which puts their different perspectives and tendencies on display. This exhibition also takes place in an unprecedented context, one of lock-down, distancing, remote work and at times even illness. These circumstances have deeply modified the conditions under which the artists produced; they equally impact how their works will be experienced by visitors forcibly masked , their bodies constrained and their movements even more scrutinised. And although this exhibition crosses different universes, it brings us back to our own bodies and desires to see, feel, and welcome irreducible and contemporaneous visions.
Frac Grand-Large -- Hauts-de-France
503 avenue des Bancs de Flandres
59140 Dunkerque, France
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