Curated for the second year by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the non-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland.
Free public access.
This year’s program opens with the latest film by Eric Baudelaire. Using tranquil images of suburban and rural scenes in France and Syria, the filmmaker traces the voyage of the young Abdel Aziz from his home town of Val-de-Marne, France, via Egypt to Syria. Excerpts from court documents and police reports interrupt the mundane landscape footage and reveal that Aziz has apparently joined the Islamic State and helped to radicalize other young people. The film never shows its protagonist’s face, and his name has been changed. The viewer, however, sees what Aziz sees – and that suffices to get close to the subject and to think the unthinkable.
Book launch of British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s new catalog, co-published by Kunsthalle Basel and the New Museum, New York.
Free public access; Steinenberg 7, Basel;
Artist Talk | Annette Messager
Wed 14 Jun 2017 | 10am – 11:30am
Annette Messager and Dr. Maria Balshaw
Hall 1, Auditorium 4058, Switzerland
Renowned French visual artist Annette Messager discusses her work and practice with Dr. Maria Balshaw, newly appointed director of Tate. Messager was born in France in 1943 and attended the École des Arts Décoratifs from 1962 to 1966 where she started producing Surrealist-style sculptures. She is known for creating installations for which she uses large-scale images to explore the human body. Among winning numerous art prizes, Messager has exhibited in solo shows around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris, and the Bonner Kunstverein in Bonn.
Annette Messager, Artist, Malakoff, in conversation with Dr. Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate, United Kingdom.
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