Shot in Louroujina, a small village in the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the film centers on the figure of a soldier who guards the southern border with the Greek-Cypriot-dominated Republic of Cyprus. During his long and tedious guards, the hills inhabited by the “enemy” become the scene of the soldier’s fantasies and daydreams. The Watchman continues Ali Cherri’s critical investigation of border politics, nation-building and the radical potential of the imagination. The artist also evokes the historical links of migration between Cyprus and Lebanon, as well as those between Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, and Beirut, the artist’s hometown, which was also divided during the Lebanese civil war.
Curators: Alessandro Rabottini and Leonardo Bigazzi
The exhibition will be accompanied by a monographic catalog published by Lenz Press and produced by Galerie Imane Fares, Paris.
Ali Cherri (Beirut, 1976) lives and works in Paris.
L’autre musée, the treasures of a major contemporary art collection
In 2023, in France, the Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain celebrate their 40th anniversary!
Established in 1981, the Frac Bretagne has been building up a nationally and internationally reknown collection of contemporary art over the last four decades. Often unknown by a wide audience, it nevertheless holds more than 5,500 works by more than 1500 artists of over 125 nationalities.
The exhibition is an opportunity to highlight and emphasize what this regional heritage conceals in terms of nuggets.
Among these treasures, there are of course great names of French and international art, such as Pierre Soulages, Vera Molnar, Martha Rosler or Andy Warhol, that the Frac Bretagne had the opportunity to acquire the works of at a time when the art market still allowed it. But there are also many other artists, younger or less renowned, whose works, as fascinating as delicate, describe and problematize our world.
The exhibition does not have any theme. Rather, it is a display of works that represent both the main axes of the Frac Bretagne collection and the diversity of art forms of the last forty years. Through the practices of about sixty artists from all horizons, the audience will discover abstract painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installations, artists’ books as well as video.
So many abundant treasures that are a common heritage that people from Brittany will have the opportunity to discover during this anniversary exhibition.
Bern et Hilla Becher
Monia Ben Hamouda
Jacqueline De Jong
Marion Scemama et David Wojnarowicz
Claire Guetta, Louis Guillaume, Cécile Le Guillou and Charlotte Vitaioli: It’s not easy to make the connection between them all! And indeed, these four artists’ propositions have very little to do with each other. They were brought together not so much to make a statement together, but because they are finalists of the Prix du Frac Bretagne – Art Norac. This exhibition should be seen as a concentration of creativity in Brittany, a snapshot of the formal diversity, poetry and artistic energy that our region has to offer.
In 2020, Frac Bretagne and its patron Art Norac created the Prix du Frac Bretagne – Art Norac. The aim of this prize is to help emerging artists from the regional scene to gain international experience in order to encourage them to develop their careers outside our borders.
In spring 2024, one of the four artists will be working at the Instituto Incluzartis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a six-week residency followed by a solo exhibition.
After meeting each artist in their studio, Victor Gorgulho, curator of exhibitions and Lucas Albuquerque, curator of residencies programm at Instituto Inclusartiz, attributed the Frac Bretagne – Art Norac 2023 Award to Céline Le Guillou.