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22.9.12

Art in Belleville

Have a look at some of the art being shown at the Belleville Biennale, with some images (La Biennale de Belleville, un parcours initiatique à l'art contemporain, September 19) published in Le Monde. The show is taking place at various galleries and artist studios in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris, with a theme focusing on revolution. Florence Evin has a review (Prendre l'art à Belleville, September 20) that goes with it (my translation):
Apartment No. 1806, on the 18th floor of a building next to the Place des Fêtes. No name. We knock. The door opens on a two-bedroom flat bathed in light. The apartment-gallery Café au lit is showing, in its living room, a "portable slice," wood and canvas marked with yellow, a work signed Tamas St. Auby, evoking an emergency evacuation. In a mid-sized room is a projection of a diaporama by Uruguayan artist Angel Kalenberg, 240 images put together in 1977, an introduction to the art, culture, and folklore of Latin America. From this 18th floor, the view shows skyscrapers crowding the northern edge of Paris. Members of 180 nationalities live here, most from China, Pakistan, Africa, and Arab countries, of all faiths.
The image embedded here shows the work of sculptor Vincent Lamouroux, who is transforming the landscape of the 19th-century Parc des Buttes-Chaumont by spraying a white substance on the plants in one of the groves. The white stuff is organic, a mixture of lime, flour, and sugar, and not harmful to the plants but makes the place look ghostly until it is dispersed by rain or wind.

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