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2007

Miradors de la paix 15 ans plus tard

L'exposition/action réalisée au mois de juin 2007 à Sarajevo, " Quinze ans plus tard " à la Galerie 10m2, s'inscrit comme un prolongement au niveau du symbole de sa création en pleine geurre sous le nom de." Les Miradors de la Paix " en 1993.

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Miradors de la paix 15 ans plus tard
2007

Miradors de la paix 15 ans plus tard

2007 Miradors de la paix 15 ans plus tard

SARAJEVO, GALERIJA 10 m2
JUIN 2007

L'exposition/action réalisée au mois de juin 2007 à Sarajevo, " Quinze ans plus tard " à la Galerie 10m2, s'inscrit comme un prolongement au niveau du symbole de sa création en pleine geurre sous le nom de." Les Miradors de la Paix " en 1993.

http://www.webnetmuseum.org/html/fr/expo-retr-fredforest/actions/46_fr.htm#text

C'est un fait, les artistes qui l'invitent Fred Forest appartiennent à une autre génération. Ils le font en toute connaissance de cause pour célébrer un événement qui a marqué la mémoire collective. Leur galerie est un espace minuscule. Elle porte pour nom celui qui détermine les dimensions réelles de son espace, puisqu'elle se nomme Galerie 10 M2 ! Fred Forest a compris, un des tous premiers, qu'une surface au sol, fut-elle en M2 (une notion qu'il connaît bien pourtant !) ne peut plus être le socle unique en matière de création et de diffusion de l'art. Ce qui compte, aujourd'hui, c'est l'espace " immatériel " des réseaux planétaires. Un espace " autre ". Un espace qui, désormais, restructure d'une façon irréversible nos activités sociales, professionnelles, nos comportements, notre sensibilité, nos modes de vie et notre imaginaire.

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With his recent interventions, exhibitions and retrospectives in Miami, Sao Paolo, Ottawa, Toronto, Philadelphia, Ushuaia, New York and Connecticut, Fred Forest appears to be the most present and active French artist on the international scene, and this in spite of his deliberate positioning outside of the market.

We recall today that in May 1993, while Sarajevo was in the grips of a merciless war, Fred Forest erected his "Watchtowers of Peace" along the mountains of the former Yugoslavia. (http://www.webnetmuseum.org/html/fr/expo-retr-fredforest/actions/46_fr.htm#text)    The exhibition taking place in Sarajevo in June 2007, fifteen years later, can be seen as a symbolic extension of this action.  The young people and artists who have invited Fred Forest belong to a different generation and are consciously extending their hands to him to celebrate an event that has painfully marked their collective memory.  Theirs is a tiny gallery space, indeed, it even bears the name of its surface area: Gallery 10m2.

Fred Forest was one of the first to understood that a ground surface area, even one as self-aware as "the square meter", a notion that he has thoroughly explored in the past, must no longer be the one and only substrate for the creation and distribution of art.  What counts first and foremost today is the immaterial space of worldwide networks, an-other space.  This space irreversibly restructures our social and professional activities, our behaviors, our preferences, our lifestyles and our imaginations.  It's therefore up to the official contemporary French art world, its institutions and its market to wind their watches if they want to be with the times.

The entire world is invited to the ten square meters of Gallery 10m2 in Sarajevo.  What's more, the entire world can be present and included in the space thanks to its being interfaced with the Internet.  This interfacing established by the artist provides the medium that he shall use, test and experiment with as evidence that our relationship to the world has changed, that traditional and physical borders have been displaced, if not abolished.

To sum it up in Fred Forest's own words:  "Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the gallery's 10 square meters will expand digitally.  My intent is that the concomitant spread in communication will be enough to rattle our own cognitive enclaves.  My hope resides in the firm belief that by expanding our own mental space, each and every one of us will one day be able to recognize others, indeed, to recognize the other as being an-other ourselves.  This ardent belief is, I believe, all the more applicable here in Sarajevo."

Sarajevo 15 ans plus tard
Sarajevo 15 ans plus tard

 

Sarajevo 15 ans plus tard
Sarajevo 15 ans plus tard

 

LONG BIOGRAPHY OF FRED FOREST

Fred Forest has a special place in contemporary art. Both by his personality and by his pioneering practices which mark his work. He is mainly known today for having used one by one most of the communication media that have appeared over the last fifty years. He is co-founder of three artistic movements: those of sociological art, the aesthetics of communication and ethics in art.

He represented France at the 12th São Paulo Biennale (Communication Prize) in 1973, at the 37th Venice Biennale in 1976 and at Documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977.

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