12.5 — 12.8.2001
Confidences – Parce que c’était lui, parce que c’était moi
artist(s): Charlotte Ĺberg, Didier Bay, Elina Brotherus, Nathalie Caron et Charles Guilbert, Donigan Cumming, Wim Delvoye, Doris Drescher, Jean Dubois, Mona Hatoum, Annette Hollywood, Sylvie Laliberté, Laura Letinsky, Hajnal Németh, Pipilotti Rist, Gillian Wearing
curator(s): Enrico Lunghi, Marie-Josée Jean
Casino Luxembourg presents, in co-production with VOX, centre de diffusion de la photographie, Montréal, the group exhibition Confidences - Parce que c'était lui, parce que c'était moi which will bring together sixteen artists with works and projects dealing with the subject of confidences, and confessions in association with intimacy and seduction, and coping with the relation between the self and the other.
Enrico Lunghi: "(...) We have tried to combine works and artists which would seize the viewer's interest by the immediacy of an experience while at the same time revealing one or several aspects of interiority, of intimacy, be it their own, that of others, or else their idea of it. And so, we arrived at the concept of 'confidence', which seemed to best explain our quest and, somehow, a phrase from Montaigne came to my mind, in which he admitted that, in the end, the relationship with the other has to do with two beings, two bodies, two souls, which no 'reason' could determine: "If you urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself". (Michel de Montaigne, "De l'amitié", Essais I, Éditions Gallimard, Paris, 1965, p. 269.).
Marie-Josée Jean: "(...) The projects we show in this exhibition give shape to confidences - the artists' own, as much as those documented by the artists - with the aim of querying these simultaneous relationships from oneself to the other. The condition for access to oneself takes place through such interaction, because to confide means submitting oneself to the view of the other. It also means formulating an image of oneself while delivering it to that other's personal competences. (...)"
Through the photographs by Elina Brotherus and Laura Letinsky, and the videos by Charlotte Åberg, Wim Delvoye, Doris Drescher, Annette Hollywood and Gillian Wearing, as well as through the installations of Didier Bay, Nathalie Caron and Charles Guilbert, Donigan Cumming, Jean Dubois, Mona Hatoum, Sylvie Laliberté, Hajnal Németh, and Pipilotti Rist, of which some have been realised specifically for the occasion, the exhibition puts forth attempts of an intimate dialogue between the work/the artist and the viewer/the person who confides.
A performance by Sylvie Laliberté takes place during the opening. On Saturday 12 May 2001, Doris Drescher and Didier Bay meet with the public.
Videos by Sylvie Laliberté, Donigan Cumming and Nathalie Caron and Charles Guilbert are shown on Saturday 12 May.
The exhibition has been realised in collaboration with the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Conseil des Arts du Canada, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce international du Canada, the Délégation du Québec in Brussels and IASPIS, Stockholm.
Annette Hollywood, Snowworld, 1998. Vidéo.
Jean Dubois, Syntonie, 2001. Vidéo.