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FOREVER YOUNG curator : Ami Barak
16th October - 13th December 2008
 
KEREN BENBENISTY, NICOLAS BOULARD, BETH CAMPBELL, LIU CHUANG, AURELIE DUBOIS, CHOUROUK HRIECH, CIPRIAN MURESAN, VLADIMIR NIKOLIC, ANA PRVACKI, CLEMENT RODZIELSKI, SYLVAIN ROUSSEAU, STEPHANE VIGNY
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“We may conceive of humanity as engaged in internecine conflict between youth and age. Youth is not defined by years, but by a creative impulse to make something. The aged are those who, before all things, desire not to make a mistake.” (Alfred N. Whitehead)

FOREVER YOUNG is an exhibition that looks at ways in which today’s artists are renewing the heritage of the 20th century. It offers a contextual reading of contemporary works made by emerging French and international figures.

FOREVER YOUNG is meant as a paraphrase of the Nietzschean concept of the Eternal Return, that cycle wherein what returns is not everything but a true selection. The German philosopher’s concept expresses an attempt to avoid the idea that what has already been lived and experienced once becomes emptied of all real significance when it is repeated. Instead, according to this view of things, a process of reactivation witnesses the inexorable thrust of new life and new forms.

Although highly contemporary, these creations by the young generation give the impression that they have been here before, in a past life, while being inscribed in a work that is becoming. Thus past, present and future merge in the concept of eternal youth.

Ami Barak, formerly director of the FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon and director for art for the city of Paris, artistic director of Nuit Blanche in 2003 and 2004 and co-curator of ArtFocus 2008, in Jerusalem, has chosen to present a new generation of artists, using their approaches as the active principle of the exhibition. This show clearly affirms the role of supporting and presenting emerging visions which is one of the priorities of ANNE+.

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