Le Plateau

De la représentation à l’action

A project by María Inés Rodríguez in collaboration with Véronique Bacchetta, Fazette Bordage, Eric Corne, Andrea Echeverri, and Jade Lindgaard

List of Artists: Pablo León de la Barra, Johanna Calle, Wilson Díaz, Pilar Echezarreta, Fabrice Gygi, Juan Fernando Herrán, Manuel Jaramillo, Elke Krystufek, Ma Angélica Medina, Helena Producciones, Charlotte von Poehl, Giovanni Vargas

Mistreated and modified, the human body is often considered as an object of fantasy by a society that tends to either worhip or reject it.
A body coveted, but one that is also as an object of contemplation around which artists can construct and deconstruct, searching for answers in fields as diverse as psychoanalysis, architecture, fashion, or music.
This relationship with the human body has continued to evolve within contemporary art, from the Russian Futurists up to the contemporary plasticiens (Gilles Barbier, Charles Ray) and performers (Paul McCarthy, Xavier Leroy), and involving such historic figures of body-art as Gina Pane or Michel Journiac.

Based on a proposal from Colombian curator María Inés Rodríguez, the exhibition De la représentation à l’action offers Le Plateau and Mains d’œuvres a look at contemporary artists from Colombia, Mexico, and Europe – artists for whom the human body is an essentiel component to their work.  The exhibition does not attempt to define the body’s ‘place’ in our world ; rather it brings together a number of works by contemporary artists from different backgrounds (Europe and Latin America) and from different generations (70’s, 90’s), who question the existing structures of our everyday life (politics, economics…), and who offer up new ways to ‘reinvent the body’.