The Project

I Like Europe and Europe likes me.
Ideas of progress: a focus on emerging visual art scene in Poland

The title of the event I like Europe and Europe likes me is a reference to Joseph Beuys’s famous performance I like America, America likes me. In 1974, the artist locked himself up with a wild coyote inside an art gallery during three days. The work address the cohabitation with humans and nature as well as the fracture which existed between the United States and Eastern Europe.

The two blocks have dissolved, revealing new geographical and ideological borders, especially in Europe. The tensions inherent to this new configuration contrast with  general progress of the XXIth century.

Scientific discoveries, technological inventions, political transformations as well as social evolutions characteristic of what we consider as modernity, but these mutations sometimes appear to feed the tensions of our time.

Is any progress an improvement ? How does it influence our daily life, our behavior and our human interactions ? Does it awaken any sort of political consciousness ? Does it optimize our living conditions, or do we undergo its negative effects ? How do these questions resonate in Poland ?

The exhibition and the forum

The project consists of a group exhibition presenting works of ten Polish artists, whose visibility on the French art scene is low. The show will be led by a series of
events : talks, round tables, readings, screenings, performances and concerts.
In order to deepen the topic and familiarize the audience with Polish contemporary art scene, historians, sociologists, artists and many more, from Poland and France, will be invited to take part in the forum. The event will be held in April 2018, at Fondation Hippocrène in Paris .

The team:

Artistic direction:
Théodore DEBOVES


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