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2012 ART &Sustainable Development Program :
Of tears and freshwater
The gaze of artists on water
Commissioner Lauranne Germond
In cooperation with Emilie Bannwarth
After two editions dedicated to consumption and urban issues, this year’s art exhibit presents works of artists centred on water.
Water is a fundamental resource for all life forms on earth, as well as a cultural component present since the beginning of time in myths and cultures. It is fascinating to think of water as being the same since forever, one single source that rejuvenates bodies and plants indistinguishably, over and over again, uniting all living elements in one shared past. We are made up of 65% water cells that were once part of another body.
Charged with this eloquent symbolism, water is a magical, positive and fertile matter that can also be ferociously transitional. Climate change issues and other socio-ecological urgencies linked to water evoke ancient imagery of floods, sunken worlds, thirst and tears.
Poetic, metaphoric, or in the form of research, activism or pedagogy, the artists develop an aesthetic that feeds off of legends, apprehension and a sense of urgency. Works and forms to be discovered during the exhibit.
Lauranne Germond is a museum curator, as well as the co-founder and head of Coal. Created in 2008, Coal, the coalitition for art and sustainable development, is an association that brings together contemporary art, sustainable development and research professionals. The association created the Coal Art & Environment Award and takes action by organizing calls for projects, events, exhibits and publications. Since 2012, Coal also leads the artistic direction of the Chamarande Domain in the Essonne.
/ Camille Goujon
/ Mihai Grecu
/ Monte Laster
/ Angelika Markul
/ Lucy+Jorge Orta
/ François Ronsiaux
/ Thomas Tronel Gauthier
/ Marie Velardi.