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Seismography of struggles. Towards a global history of critical and cultural journals

30 min visit

Pompidou Centre
19 May → 28 Jun 2021
From Wed to Mon from 11 am to 9 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 9 pm. Closed Tue.

« An exhibition that brings a different perspective on non-European societies and where all your senses will be invited! »

A remarkable work is on display on the fifth floor of the Centre Pompidou! Since 2015, the art historian Zahia Rahmani has been leading a study of non-Western magazines and/or those produced in a diasporic context, from the first revolutionary currents of the 18th century to the decolonial movement of the 20th century. This video-sound installation, decentred, committed and multilingual, brings together images, texts and an original soundtrack, produced with Thierry Crombet for the editing of the images and Jean-Jacques Palix for the sound. An exceptional collaboration that has given rise to this unique installation bringing together nearly 800 documents, mainly from magazines. Why magazines? It is an easy medium of information, quickly diffusable and requires few technical means. In short, it is the best way to disseminate an idea and to make your voice heard. Many artists, groups of artists or groups of individuals in a minority have used it. The most famous artist's magazine in Europe dates from 1912, Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). This expressionist journal was founded and led by Kandinsky, and studies popular images from folklore and exoticism. An easy way to deconstruct a collective imagination and to promote expressionist art, which was totally innovative at the time! The magazine is a modern medium that communicates an innovative idea or one that goes against the imposed societal dogmas of the time in which it is published. "Seismography of Struggles - Towards a Global History of Critical and Cultural Journals" takes a decentred look at non-Western journals. In the soundtrack, old texts are read by contemporary voices that bring them to life. Discover portraits of women and men who have marked the history of journals through their political, social and artistic commitment, and who have advocated the medium as essential in the struggle for emancipation!


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