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Global resistance

90 min visit

Pompidou Centre
29 Jul → 4 Jan 2021
From Wed to Mon from 11 am to 9 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 9 pm. Closed Tue.

« Art to discuss, art to question, art to resist. »

Art is political, art is activist, art is resistant. This is the message of Global resistance, the new exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, which brings together more than sixty artists, mostly from the South, whose artworks open the way to new strategies of resistance. The end of colonisation has given rise to many voices questioning the narratives, memories that are too tenacious or threatened with disintegration, and political and societal systems. From the atrium of the museum with the sculpture Redemption by Barthélémy Toguo, the exhibition opens with manifestos: Guy Ben Ner and Khalil Rabah evoke the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Teresa Margolles the Mexican border, Yin Xiuzhen the armed conflicts and Nadia Kaabi-Linke the wandering of migrants and the homeless. Economic decline, socio-political contestation, feminist and anti-racist movements, and the recomposition of post-colonial countries haunt the works. Slogans printed on the walls punctuate the visit, as if to question the visitor not only on the art he sees, but on the political issues it raises.


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