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Nicolas Daubanes. Oil and Water

75 min visit

Palais de Tokyo
15 Jun → 13 Sep 2020
From Wednesday to Monday from 12 am to Midnight. Closed Tuesday.

« A committed artist, strong, impressive works, which nevertheless reveal a fragility of the world. Emotions assured. »

Nicolas Daubanes (1983 - ) has been questioning imprisonment and its physical and psychological consequences in his work for some years now. In a world where freedom is in constant negotiation, his research questions the role of prisons, the devices for controlling public space, the presence even in private space and daily life of forms that recall confinement. Through drawing and sculpture, he gives an account of these forms via frank portraits (piles of bricks reminiscent of revolutionary paving stones) and subtle reminders (such as the iron powder used in his drawings, which is reminiscent of the material of prison bars). For this solo exhibition, Nicolas Daubanes, winner of the Prix des Amis du Palais de Tokyo 2018, took a close look at resistance and resilience. From various popular demonstrations (from the Paris Commune to recent actions for identity rights), he extracted gestures, slogans and opposition strategies. These quotes, which emerged from the streets, intersect with the language of rap, another popular form of poetic revolt. Daubanes's work, which is highly topical, challenges and questions what is being done, and what can be done.


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