Entitled Parrathon, this retrospective of the iconic English photographer’s works traces the artist’s career through fourteen iconic series, dating from the mid-1970’s to the present day.
In total, nearly five hundred images await audiences at the Frac Bretagne and at the Thabor Park in Rennes.
Among the most famous photographers in the world today, whose work presents one of the most mischievous points-of-view in contemporary photography, Martin Parr is, according to Thomas Weski, an international expert on contemporary photography and the artist’s official biographer, the “chronicler of our time”.
His colourful and offbeat images, full of derision and irony, seem, at first glance, exaggerated or even grotesque. The patterns he chooses are strange, the colours garish and the perspectives unusual. Mass tourism, class leisure or everyday objects found around the world, the subjects of his images reveal to us how we live, how we present ourselves to others, and what we value.
Frac Bretagne presents the world premiere of the Parrathon retrospective designed by the artist and produced with Magnum Photos in collaboration with Fovearts. The exhibition brings together his obsessions, his taste for kitsch, his attraction to overabundance, his intuitive and critical view on our society without judgment, all marked by his very English taste for ironic innuendo.
Anthony McCall, leading figure of experimental cinema in the 1970s, is above all known for his solid lights sculpting moving volumes in space and changing with the movements of visitors. Line describing a Cone is the most emblematic work of his research. Oscillating between sculpture, drawing and video, this work offers to the viewer an experience both physical and visual.
In dialogue with this immersive installation are presented two videos from the series D’après Caspar David Friedrich by Sarkis, also approaching the ephemeral moment of creation through an unprecedented practice of watercolor.
Opening on Saturday September 19, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Conference by Etienne Bernard, director of Frac Bretagne, Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.
A paper exhibition? An exhibition to be destroyed?
EX.PDF is an exhibition that changes with each presentation, questioning the appearance and disappearance of light artworks, paper documents that envision multiple forms of writing.
Whether picked up by a member of the Frac team or a designated member of the public, each day […], one of the 41 posters on display [will] be shredded and left in piles on the floor.
curated by : cultureclub-studio
« EX.PDF [EX.Portable Document Format] is a editorial and curatorial concept that explores different forms of writing already shown publicly, whether in an urban, editorial or artistic context.
In relation to contemporary practices, EX.PDF offers a set of images gathered in a portfolio published in 15 copies. Intimately linked to the principle of “Do It” the latter is intended to bring together several exhibitions, under the impetus of different curators in different exhibition venues. Exponential, EX.PDF thus brings together proposals which, each in their own way, highlight, in the course of the displays and contexts, the effects of meaning relating to the (re)exhibited writings.
This presentation for the Mur du Fonds is the twelfth occurrence of this project, which moreover follows a precise implementation protocol established by the label hypothèse for the curators in charge. Article 14 thus states that, at the end of the exhibition, the venue must destroy the 41 documents making up EX.PDF, so that the copy of the portfolio cannot be shown again.
cultureclub-studio has chosen to make this process visible by requesting that one of the 41 posters on display be taken down by a member of the Frac team or a designated member of the public, every working day (6 days a week), and then shredded and left in a pile on the floor.
Devoted to the presentation of editorial initiatives, le Mur du Fonds highlights Frac Bretagne’s collection of multiples and artists’ books as well as artists, graphic designers, editors and students who develop an original approach to publishing. Very reactive, its programming is thought out in exchange and with art actuality…
This installation by French Artist Anaïs Touchot (born in 1987 in Dinan), situated in Frac Bretagne’s Canyon, is a space where the public is invited to relax, read, listen, scribble, hide, or chat, surrounded by barricades/palisades and tatami mats. Le Pédilove offers a place for lounging, encouraging bodies to adopt a slightly softer attitude, waiting and lascivious. Words painted on fabrics, table and signs play with expressions lifted from hypnosis, meditation, and coaching tutorials, adding a “fortune cookie” aspect to the artificial environment.
By inventing a space that borrows codes from multiple places, Anaïs Touchot carries on with her work as a “builder” or “demolisher” of shared spaces, affirming her role in the production of forms in which she diverts the weight of materials, removing any aspect of solemnity. A spirit of derision hovers in the titles of her latest works: “I will leave my old skin there”, “Muddy Glory”, “Lost Cat”, “Beauty worker”. These installations use catchphrases and buzzwords as a way of anchoring oneself in a shared banality, one that levels hierarchies, bringing together the art of the beauty salon, the football match, or the cat bar. “Relax, everything will be fine”.
The so-called “skylight” space was transformed in 2019 into a “canyon”, a hybrid space between an artistic experimentation platform and an educational space. It is inhabited by the passable installation “Le Pédilove” by Anaïs Touchot. It is a friendly and flexible place that promotes debate and the collective as well as individual experience – it is equipped with tables, seats, documentary resources, etc.
Shifumi, Landscapes from Frac Bretagne’s collection
Shifumi is this familiar hand game, practiced in schoolyards, for long trips in the car or just when you want to!
Shifumi is “rock-leaf-scissors”, and by association of ideas, the stone of the mineral garden, the leaf of plants and the scissors of Ikebana lovers.
Through play and shift, the exhibition gathers works from the Frac Bretagne collection dealing with landscape. As mineral as vegetal, the installation appears as a whether ornamental, nomadic garden, augmented or secret garden and starts a dialogue between photography, sculpture, drawing and video, paying particular attention to some recent acquisitions.
Goldschmied & Chiari
Les Frères Ripoulain
Sigurdsson Arni Sigurdur
Launched in 2020, he Frac Bretagne–Art Norac Award aims to support the professional development of Brittany-based artists at the international level. The award is a Frac Bretagne initiative supported by Art Norac, the sponsorship association of the Norac group. The goal of the award is to help bring artists active in the region to the international scene, in order to promote the professionalisation of their journey beyond the borders of France.
The Visual Arts Center in Austin in the United States is associated with the program and in 2022 will host the award-winning artist to produce a solo exhibition in its space.
The exhibition at Frac Bretagne presents the 6 nominees.
Corentin Canesson, born in 1988, lives and works between Brest and Paris.
Graduated from EESAB-Rennes in 2011, he participated to the 21st Prize of Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Le Fil d’Alerte. He has presented solo exhibitions at Satorgallery (2020), at Nathalie Obadiagallery), at Crédac – Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry-sur-Seine (2017) and at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain Passerelle de Brest (2015).
Hilary Galbreaith, born in 1989, lives and works in Rennes
Graduated from ESAAA-Annecy in 2017, she presented her work at the Zoo Galerie in Nantes (2018).Finalist for the Sciences Po Prize in 2019, her work is presented the sameyear at Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse and at the Confort Moderne in Poitiers. Sheis part of the 69th Jeune Création edition in Paris in 2020.
Camille Girard et Paul Brunet, born in 1985, born in 1980, live and work in Quimper.
Graduated from EESAB-Quimper in 2008. Their works have been notably presented at Frac des Pays de la Loire in Carquefou (2018), at Mains D’Œuvres in Saint-Ouen(2017), at Halle Nord in Geneva (2017) at Le Quartier Centre d’art contemporain in Quimper (2014).
Samir Mougas, born in 1980, lives and works in Rennes.
Graduated from EESAB-Quimper (2005) and then from a MFA in theNetherlands (2007). His work was presented at the 9th International Design Biennale of Saint-Etienne (2015), at the Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse (2018). In 2019, he worked on a bus lineas part of the Voyage à Nantes. In 2020, his work is the subject of a solo exhibition at Galerie Eric Mouchet, Paris.
Alisson Schmitt, born in 1992, lives and works in Rennes.
Graduated from EESAB-Rennes in 2016 and from a post-graduate research program in Shanghai (2017). In 2018, she was part of Les Chantiers residency program at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain in Brest, following which she had a personal exhibition. She also presented her work at Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes (2016), at the Babel Lelab Festival in Hangzhou and at the SowerArt Space in Shanghai (2018) as well as at Parc-Saint-Léger Centre d’art contemporain in Pougues-les-Eaux (2020).
Anaïs Touchot, born in 1987, lives and works in Brest.
Graduated from EESAB-Brest in design (2010) and in art (2011), herworkhas been presented at CAN in Neuchâtel, at Passerelle Contemporary art center in Brest and at the Festival de L’Estran (2016). The following year, she had a residency in Puerto Colombia as part of the France-Colombia cultural year. In 2019, she created a Pédilove in Frac Bretagne’s Canyon and presented a solo exhibition at L’apparté, acontemporary art venue in Iffendic.
Elsa Vettier is an independent curator and art critic. Trained at the Ecole du Louvre and the University of Essex (United Kingdom), she regularly contributes to specialized journals including Zérodeux, artpress, Critique d’Art, etc. She previously worked alongside Charlotte Laubard for Nuit Blanche 2017 and with Etienne Bernard and Céline Kopp on the occasion of the 6th edition of the Ateliers de Rennes – contemporary art biennial.
His personal projects – curatorial and editorial – emerge in contact with artists and embrace a plurality of formats: between exhibition-performance (“Extasis Casual”, with Samuel Nicolle and Clara Pacotte, In-box Bruxelles, 2019), fiction interview (Saint -Pierre-des-corps, with Jean-Charles de Quillacq, ed. Sombres Torrents, 2020) and radio collaborations (LL Drops, with Kevin Desbouis, Julie Sas and Fabien Vallos, * DUUU radio, 2020). She also works to support artists in residency contexts (Les Chantiers, La Malterie, etc.) and within art schools