The Series : « Hurrahs and Turmoils »
This texts are the result of from the book Hourras et désarrois. [Hurrahs and Turmoils] Scenes of a Cultural War in Poland published on 16 May 2019 by Éditions Noir sur Blanc (Lausanne) edited by Agnieszka Żuk.
What is the root of the political events which are today shaking Polish society and echoing across Europe: refusal to accept migrants, a proposed historical memory law on the Shoah, introduction of laws which affect the independence of the judiciary or the attempt to totally ban IVF, to name but the most widely publicised issues? And finally, how does one explain the causes of the anti-European volte-face which the “European Union’s best student” has performed?
The aim of this collective work is to bring an in-depth, nuanced and intimate view of contemporary Poland, through its culture, understood here to mean the entirety of ways of thinking, feeling and acting specific to a given society. Current events of recent years appear here within a complex network of narratives and historical omissions, traumas and pressures; they are confronted with existing cultural models, immersed in the collective imagination, defused by humour or distorted by stereotypes.
The authors include: Agata Adamiecka, Przemysław Czapliński, Olga Drenda, Agnieszka Graff, Mikołaj Grynberg, Maciej Jakubowiak, Dariusz Kosiński, Iwona Kurz, Andrzej Leder, Jan Sowa, Aleksandra Małecka, Piotr Marecki, Karol Sienkiewicz, Kaja Puto, Maja Staśko, Stach Szabłowski, Ziemowit Szczerek and Oksana Zabuzko.
The Author : Switch (On paper)
Éric Mangion has been the director of the Villa Arson art center since 2006. There he hosted and organized numerous solo exhibitions, notably for Eva Barto, Sonia Boyce, Monster Chetwynd, Judy Chicago, Jeremy Deller, Jean Dupuy, Brice Dellsperger, Ryan Gander, Bernard Heidsieck, Emmanuelle Lainé, Zoé Léonard, Flora Moscovici, Roman Ondak, Linda Sanchez, Tatiana Trouvé, as well as group exhibitions such as <em>Ne pas jouer avec des choses mortes, Go Canny! Poétique du sabotage, Double Bind / Arrêtez d’essayer de me comprendre!, Acclimatation, À moitié carré/À moitié fou, Transmission and À la vie délibérée. </em> He was the director of Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur from 1993 to 2005, during which time he oriented part of the collection toward evolutive works. He also was the independent head and co-curator of many exhibitions, including: <em>Self in Material Conscience</em>, Fondation Sandretto in Turin, 2002 ; <em>Artur Barrio: Actions After Actions</em> at the University of Philadelphia, 2006 ; <em>Recommencer, Commencer de nouveau la peinture</em> by Gérard Gasiorowski, Carré d’art in Nîmes, 2010 ; <em>Modules</em> (Thomas Teurlai, Vivien Roubaud and Tatiana Wolska), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014 ; <em>La voix libérée – Poésie sonore</em>, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2019 ; <em>Parties sans éteindre la lumière</em> (Pauline Curnier Jardin and Marie Losier,) Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, 2019. He was also the artistic director of the Printemps de Septembre festival 2010 (<em>Une forme pour toute action</em>) and artistic advisor on the <em>Live</em> festival in Vancouver, 2011. A member of the dance commission for the Ministry of Culture from 2013 to 2016, he has presided over the Actoral and Montévidéo festivals (Marseille) since June 2017. As an art critic contributing to several publications, in 2007 he oversaw the artistic direction of the journal <em>Fresh Théorie III</em>. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Switch (on Paper).
Luc Clément acquired extensive experience in communication at major groups (Havas, Publicis) and independent structures before forming his own agency in Nice. An expert in brand name history, he possesses solid skills in the world of creation. In 2001, he founded ‘Le Dojo’, an experimental contemporary art space where he collaborated with numerous artists and musicians on in situ projects, throwing bridges and prompting interactions between the artistic sphere and private business. These collaborations put the spotlight on various original artists such as Céleste Boursier Mougenot, Matthieu Mercier, Nicolas Moulin, Vincent Epplay and, in association with Arnaud Maguet, performances by Jac Berrocal, Xavier Boussiron, Lee Ranaldo, Aki Onda and many more. He is now Associate Editor and Head of Publication for the magazines Marie Claire and Marie Claire Maison Méditerranée.
*DUUU est une webradio dédiée à la création contemporaine. Fondée en 2012 par des artistes, elle est née du désir de faire entendre des situations de réflexion et de travail. S’inventant ce que pourrait être une radio d’art aujourd’hui, elle expérimente d’autres modes de parole, et travaille depuis sept ans à croiser des voix parallèles et susciter des rencontres.