The new Parisian art foundation, Lafayette Anticipations
, presents Le centre ne peut tenir, its ﬁrst group exhibition in its building renovated by OMA/Rem Koolhaas, located at the heart of the Marais.
Drawing its title from W.B. Yeats landmark poem The Second Coming (1919), the exhibition reverses the Irish poets lamentation of a world losing its meaning to embrace the phrase the centre cannot hold as an afﬁrmation. Featuring a group of French and international artists, the exhibit tackles the current reinforcement of cultural, social, and political categorizations, and hints at the necessity of producing more subtle and less dichotomous methods to address them. It postulates that these differences, understood not in terms of separation, but as intimately linked categories, could foster a rebalance of power.
Exclusively constituted of new commissions (ﬁlms, installations, performances, and sculptures), most of which have been created on site in the Fondations workshop, Le centre ne peut tenir highlights the voices of practitioners engaged with shifting identities and geographies. It gathers investigations into the construction of the self at a time of everﬂuctuating borders, prompting an urgent reassessment of local and global interactions.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book conceived, RISO-printed and bound in the Agora, on the ground ﬂoor of the Fondation. This place of exchange and discussion was conceived by Andrés Jaque and his ﬁrm Ofﬁce for Political Innovation; as well as a public program marked by two symposia on Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, September 8, that will elaborate on the artists investigations and methodologies. In addition to the exhibited artists, speakers and performers include: Titilayo Adebayo, Omar Berrada, Nkisi, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Maboula Soumahoro, and Claire Tancons.
Curated by François Quintin and the Lafayette Anticipations curatorial platform: Charles Aubin, Anna Colin, and Hicham Khalidi.
All presented pieces were produced by Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation dentreprise Galeries Lafayette.