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Within the Shadow of a Doubt

Frac Lorraine 49 Nord 6 Est, Metz

A complex relationships between the body, works of art, and the museum space

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Artists (collection / Production Frac Lorraine)
Ignasi Aballí, arT errOriste, Nina Beier & Marie Lund, Manon de Boer, Monica Bonvicini, Décosterd & Rahm, Dector & Dupuy, Edith Dekyndt, Susanna Fritscher, Dora García, Thierry Hesse, Ann Veronica Janssens, Jirí Kovanda, Isabelle Krieg, Corey McCorkle, Liliana Motta, Tania Mouraud, Nik Thoenen et Maia Gusberti, Mario Garcia Torres, Karin Sander, Ian Wilson

In the shadow of a doubt, and in its vicinity, we find selected pieces from a collection that ordinarily resists the discrete charms of display.
These recently acquired works are the reason why the institution has ceased to function as a place of consecration in order to transform into a space of experimentation, a ground open to all kinds of critical maneuvers and operations.

The works belonging to the FRAC Lorraine collection assume the form of deambulation across imaginary spheres which divide the world into material and immaterial, into reality and its fictional representation.
Following a skillfully orchestrated scenario, the visit underscores complex relationships between the body, works of art, and the museum space (the play of attraction, fear, and seduction), and dissolves the ambiguous boundaries between discourse and its beliefs. By detecting psychological mechanisms of reception and assimilation tied to the intensity of real and imagined bodily sensations (Décosterd & Rahm, M. Bonvicini or A.V. Janssens), these works provoke auto-performative experiences in the visitor who has become an actor in this ephemeral story.

Alongside those intense experiences, the works of K. Sander, E. Dekyndt, and C. McCorkle, with their subtle visibility, mark out an autonomous, infinite territory, a sort of cartography of desire, in Deleuzian sense of the word. Then come strictly oral interventions (I. Wilson, Beier & Lund, Dector & Dupuy) which raise the historical question of transmis- sion of knowledge and its validity in visual and performance arts. Finally, the return of the repressed, of the concealed, constitutes another pivotal point of reflection, tied to the notion of intimacy endangered by our society (M. de Boer). Several artists (D. García, arT errOriste, T. Mouraud) come to question the connection between seeing (video surveillance) and power, and the implications of this omnipresent gaze. Voyeuristic gaze and the exhibitionist temptation, along with an incitation to perversion, are close at hand.

The Fonds régional d'art contemporain de Lorraine, a member of Platform network, enjoys financial backing from the Lorraine Regional Council and the Lorraine Region Cultural Affairs Department (DRAC) at the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Designed as a sort of manifesto of the impossibility to materialize a thought in an object, In the shadow of a doubt treats the exhibition as a protocol for experiences, making it possible to encounter works of art in action and in “re-action”. The life-force of the works has been restored.

Image: Edith Dekyndt, One second of silence, 2008, (Part 02, New York). Frac Lorraine Collection

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Opening: Friday, 7 May, 7 pm
Extended hours: Monday 10 May & Tuesday 11 May, 12 – 9 pm

FRAC IN LIVE > Performance / Death is certain at 7 pm and 8.45 pm
Eva Meyer-Keller, design / Irina Mü̈ller, performance

49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz
1bis rue des Trinitaires F-57000 Metz France
Admission free.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12-7pm
Group visits in english on request Tel.: 00 33(0)3 87 74 55 00

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