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The ‘Dislocations’ exhibition brings together fifteen artists from different generations and backgrounds (Afghanistan, France, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar, Palestine, Syria and Ukraine) whose work is marked or informed by the experience of exile, of being torn between here and there, between past and present.

Bissane Al Charif, “Pianola” series, 2022-23. Mixed media on paper, 28 x 38cm. Courtesy of the artist. Collection Claude and France Lemand (Paris). Photographer: Tamam Alomar

Their practices draw on ancestral know-how and contemporary technologies, humble gestures and poor materials. The aim is to pay homage to the vital necessity and intensity of artistic creation through fragmented narratives that combine displacement, imprisonment and war with resilience and reparation.

At a time when international geopolitical developments are a palimpsest of times and spaces in crisis, artists can appear as lookouts, careful to the world’s upheavals and society’s major movements that are as many telluric waves. To be a lookout is to be a witness of one’s time, to deploy the power of one’s imagination by exploring the social and political realities of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

This project is part of a collaboration between the Palais de Tokyo and the nonprofit Portes ouvertes sur l’art, which promotes the work of artists in situations of exile, displacement or exclusion, in a spirit of openness and research. Its aim is to promote and display the work of these artists in collaboration with the art world, organising exhibitions and events at various venues in France. A first invitation from the Palais de Tokyo in 2022 led to the screening programme “L’ami int.rieur”.

Artists : Majd Abdel Hamid, Rada Akbar, Bissane Al Charif, Ali Arkady, Cathryn Boch, Tirdad Hashemi, Fati Khademi, Sara Kontar, Nge Lay, Randa Maddah, May Murad, Armineh Negahdari, Hadi Rahnaward, Maha Yammine, Misha Zavalniy

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with Portes ouvertes sur l’art. It is supported by Fairouz Chaarani and the Fondation Antoine de Galbert. To coincide with the exhibition, Portes ouvertes sur l’art is publishing a book edited by Palais Books. This publication is supported by the endowment fund La Petite Escal.re. The show is curated by Marie-Laure Bernada and Daria de Beauvais

The exhibition will be on view from the 16th of February until the 30th of July, 2024. For more informaton, please visit Palais de Tokyo.

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