Contemporary Art | Curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza have conceived Mondialité, an exhibition that differentiates itself from the current effervescence around contemporary African art at the Boghossian Foundation’s Villa Empain. Through the concept of mondialité or worldliness, the artists focus on Edouard Glissant’s pioneering cosmology in an exhibition composed of artworks that carry his reflections.
Even though local rooting is often neglected in our current globalized societies, its influence on creation persists. Artists evolve around new and singular landscapes, exploring and composing/outlining the contemporary world through their particular lenses.
However, this globalization phenomenon leads to the homogenization of perceptions and the standardization of ways of life. Edouard Glissant gives an alternative to this trend with his concept of Mondialité, which promotes a global dialogue that dœs not inevitably erase local cultures. The notion of Relation proposed by the author places the artist in creative networks where respect towards Diversity is essential. His line of thought emphasizes the importance of a relational creation, in which interactions are productive, becoming sources of inspiration rather than conflict.
In this perspective, Obrist and Raza present an exhibition that unfolds in time and space, a singular landscape built around the exchange between philosophers and artists. Thoughts emerge and intellectual fusion impregnates the exhibit, while relation becomes creation.
Throughout the exhibit, the spaces we discover echo intuitively, creating islands of reflection. The works by Kader Attia or Alighiero Bœtti suggest multiple interpretations of Glissant’s thinking. Younger artists, such as Sophia Al-Maria or Walter Price, also express their views on the evolution of philosophical, political and social thinking.
In the reverse folds of globalization, Africanity is nowadays a field of observation of Mondialité in the making.
Publié le 23/05/2017
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