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Our Program—Para | Fictions
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Para | Fictions
29 January 2016 – 18 February 2018

If both art and literature constitute forms of thought, what is generated or lost in slippages, translations, and activations between the two? Are their dividing lines arbitrary or highly dissoluble? How do both forms enfold and unfold across the exhibition space? What relates making to writing, viewing to reading?

Para | Fictions is a cycle of sustained investigations taking as its focus the relationship between literature and visual art through the practice of ten artists. Each project on display promises to present a different artistic methodology, which constitutes a combination of each artist's visual interests and literary underpinnings, to seek the viability of repositioning ‘reference’ as ‘form’, ‘translation’ as ‘co-authorship’. The Para | Fictions series has been provoked by the particular correspondences of literature and visual arts in contemporary culture; a landscape made up of disparate yet relatable topographies of influence branching into fiction as a research methodology, and theoretical discourse around the fictional nature of the contemporary itself.

Concept: Defne Ayas, Natasha Hoare
Curators: Defne Ayas, Natasha Hoare, Samuel Saelemakers

Program:
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
29 January – 10 April 10 2016
Oscar Santillan
22 April – 10 July 2016
Lucy Skaer
15 July – 2 October 2016
Mark Geffriaud
14 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
Laure Prouvost
27 January – 2 April 2017
Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel
14 April – 9 July 2017
Rayyane Tabet
21 July – 8 October 2017
Dineo Seshee Bopape
20 October – 18 February 2018