39 internationally renowned artists, 28 projects produced especially for the event (6 Euro-Mediterranean Ateliers) 2400m2 of exhibition space. Painting, photography, sculpture and video installations. Firmly engaged with social, political and geopolitical realities, they tell us about the world today by exploring future mutations. Inauguration of the Tour-Panorama, a new contemporary art venue.
Artists: Etel Adnan, Ziad Antar, Fikret Atay, Kader Attia, Fayçal Baghriche, Lara Baladi, Gilles Barbier, Yto Barrada, Taysir Batniji, Mohamed Bourouissa, Danica Dakic, Inci Eviner, Ymane Fakhir, Mounir Fatmi, Lara Favaretto, Gloria Friedmann, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Mona Hatoum, Mouna Karray, Bouchra Khalili, Djamel Kokene, Jannis Kounellis, Sigalit Landau, Ange Leccia, Annette Messager, Jean-Luc Moulène, Youssef Nabil, Orlan, Yazid Oulab, Adrian Paci, Javier Pérez, Sarkis, Hrair Sarkissian, Zineb Sedira, Wael Shawky, Djamel Tatah, Stefanos Tsivopoulos and Akram Zaatari
Curator: Juliette Laffon
Producer: Marseille-Provence 2013
To celebrate the opening of this new venue, an ambitious exhibition will bring together contemporary artists from both shores of the Mediterranean. While all works of art are original and have a unique story behind them, the travelling and nomadism characterising contemporary artists is an existential experience, one that becomes a place for creation in and of itself.
In today’s global era, identity is constantly shaped by the world’s diversity and cultures. Around 40 artists from different Mediterranean countries have been selected for their ability to see people as embracing multiple identities and constantly evolve, and their ability to critically reflect on what is real. Most were born in the 1960s and 1970s and are internationally renowned.
Many of the works were commissioned for the exhibition and have never been shown before. Some deal with the Mediterranean landscape. Some question the notions of identity, citizenship, the self and the other. Several focus on the experience of emigration, exile and displacement. They all reflect contemporary history by telling personal stories. Firmly engaged with social, political and geopolitical realities, they tell us about the world today by exploring future mutations.
Friche la Belle de Mai institutional partners: the European Union, the French government, the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône, and the Ville de Marseille
Media partners: La Provence, La Marseillaise, TV5 Monde, Ina, France Télévisions, France Culture and France Inter
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On 12 and 13 January, Marseille will celebrate the opening weekend of the 2013 European Capital of Culture year with you. Featuring a contemporary art trail, a Light Parade, the Great Clamour, treasure hunts and Revelations on the Rhône River, this celebration will be a taste of things to come in the year ahead.
Friche la Belle de mai, Tour-Panorama
41 rue Jobin 13003 Marseille
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 7pm
Open late Fridays from 1pm to 10pm