Conversation: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster - Yann Perreau

Monday 17 September - Auditorium

5 p.m.
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Conversation: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster - Yann Perreau
Conversation

Since 2012, with her fragmented opera project, M.2062Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has taken on the identity of various real and fictional characters, famous and unknown, of the 19th and 20th centuries. These “appearances” open up new artistic spaces. By losing herself in this game of multiple identities, the artist acquires a form of anonymity. Yann Perreau, in his latest book, Incognitopublished in 2016, traces the “secret history” of anonymity – a counter culture that, from Odysseus to Anonymous via Arthur Rimbaud's "I is another", questions the illusion of a single, indivisible self. The two speakers will examine a number of emblematic figures in this history and propose a concept of identity as being multiple and open.

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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Since the end of the 1980s, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has been exploring the relationships between reality and fiction in the form of environments, performances, photos, and films. Converging cinematic, literary, and musical recollections, each of her works is an opportunity of different “appearances”. Exceeding the notion of the individual, her works confirm, through gestures, the presence and form of anonymity.

Yann Perreau

Yann Perreau is French author, curator and art critic. After five years in London as a Book Attaché at the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni (French Institute UK) and working as a freelance journalist, including as a Libération and Art Press correspondent, he moved to Los Angeles in 2007. That year, he began serving as Cultural Attaché for the American Southwest and pursued that role through 2010. He then founded his Here is Elsewhere gallery in West Hollywood in 2011. Today, he divides his time between Paris, Istanbul and Los Angeles and organises exhibitions in France and abroad. He also collaborates with InrockuptiblesFrance Culture and Vanity Fair. He has penned three books, the latest being Anonymat, histoire(s) d’une contre-culture, which was published by Grasset in 2016, and is a member of the Collège International de ‘Pataphysique and Vice President of the California/International Arts Foundation.

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Monday 17 September
5 p.m. - Auditorium

Free admission - In French only

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