Marc Bauer: White Violence--On Domination, Displacement and Populism

Marc Bauer: White Violence--On Domination, Displacement and Populism

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Exhibition Catalog

FRAC Auvergne (Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain), Clermont-Ferrand, 2021.

192 pp. Well illustrated (some col.). 32 x 26 cm. Bilingual in English and French. Hardcover.

ISBN 9782907672313

Published on occasion of the exhibitions titled L'Etat de la Mer, Lame de Fond, 2011-2020 at FRAC Auvergne and Mal-Etre: Performace at Drawing Room, London. Publisher's description: Marc Bauer's works proceed from an archeology, they dig into the past and bring to the surface of time the cold remains of ancient tragedies to accommodate them with the cracks of the present. His drawings, often punctuated by the presence of pithy texts, sometimes violent, call for a singular poetics, melancholy as much as poisonous. This exhibition is the artist's third at the FRAC Auvergne and closes a cycle that began a dozen years ago. In 2009, the Laque exhibition and the Steel book dealt with the question of power. In 2014, Cinerama and the book The Architect continued to reflect on the question of the interpretation of historical events. With The State of the Sea and the book White Violence , the historical perspective is resolutely more frontal because more current, turned towards the violence of the migratory tragedy of which we are witnesses. The starting point of this project was an image published on June 12, 2018 in the daily Le Parisien. It showed the ship Aquarius rescuing migrants from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. From this document, Marc Bauer undertakes in-depth research, traversing the history of art in search of shipwrecks and maritime dramas, establishing links between the past and the now to point out contemporary violence by underlining it by his historical precedents. From Egyptian art to ex-votos, from Greek antiquity to the scandal of the Medusa painted by Géricault, from engravings of slave traders to images of Jewish deportees, from the treatment of migrants sold as slaves in Libya to the declarations of the ex-Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, it's about targeting the present, our present. As the artist specifies about the migratory crisis, “the media treatment of these dramas mainly emphasizes the number of dead, missing or survivors but rarely on the individual fate of these people. The information is treated from a very euro-centered, white point of view, with all the racial prejudices that such a vision implies. I also think that each of us feels a certain uneasiness in front of these images, because to see them, one feels that what places us on the "good side", that is to say that of the privileged ones, is purely the fruit. by chance."

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Switzerland -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Drawings and Watercolors --

Artist(s): Bauer, Marc

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