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Back to the future

February 5 to May 16, 2010 - CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux

With works by: Wilfrid Almendra, Fayçal Baghriche, Beni Bischof, Simon Boudvin, Lilian Bourgat, Stéphanie Cherpin, Clédat & Petitpierre, Anne Colomes, Patrice Gaillard and Claude, Vincent Kohler, Laurent Kropf, Vincent Laval, Briac Leprêtre, Stéphane Magnin, Tony Matelli, Damien Mazières, Mathieu Mercier, Nicolas Milhé, Anita Molinero, Nicolas Moulin, Bruno Peinado, Alexandra Pellissier, Laurent Perbos, Frédéric Plateus, Jérémy Profit, Serge Provost, Sylvain Rousseau, Victor Vasarely.

Back to the Future ” borrows its title from a famous Robert Zemeckis trilogy based on time travel. This process, one of the recurring themes of science fiction, consists of projecting oneself into another temporal dimension in order to exhibit a vision of the future.

This mechanism is here the pretext for a benchmark exhibition on the activity of the Buy-Sellf group. “Back to the future” indeed encompasses a retrospective and prospective dimension: a return to works from the production program, a focus on the emblematic artists who have marked the history of the structure (Anita Molinero, Mathieu Mercier, Bruno Peinado , Laurent Perbos, Guillaume Poulain, Wilfrid Almendra ...) and the highlighting of projects by emerging artists who create the relaxation necessary for a projection into the future (Sylvain Rousseau, Stéphanie Cherpin, Frédéric Plateus, Alexandra Pélissier, Beni Bischof ...).

The reference to genre cinema acts as a frame in the scenographic device of this exhibition which deliberately plays on the simulacrum of special effects, using chiaroscuro, stagings and artifices, integrating the works as so many dots. anchoring employees to the construction of a narrative thread. To the exploration of the phenomena of narratives is thus added that of tones, rhythms, atmospheres and invoices. The collective phantasmagoria and the possibilities of reappropriating this popular culture are widely questioned.

The questions and forms of modernity are tackled with the works of Damien Mazières, Frédéric Plateus, Wilfrid Almendra and Victor Vasarely. Nicolas Moulin's work transports us to a universe mixing totalitarian architecture and post-nuclear landscapes. Anita Molinero deploys an important work in molten polystyrene functioning like a long apocalyptic traveling shot. Fayçal Baghriche's video takes place in an inverted temporality that causes confusion and dizziness. Tony Matelli's self-portrait burns away eternally and plunges us into deep melancholy.

Works seem to escape any thematic logic. Anne Colomes' drawings, dreamlike and naturalistic landscapes, are borrowed from a strong contemplative and vibratory dimension. Vincent Kohler's sculpture, "Woody", an ironic and childish totemic figure, appears in this context as a cheerful and mischievous anachronism. Briac Leprêtre's play "Erzatz", a barely incandescent hearth, takes us back to the cave age, to that primitive state of civilization which could constitute one of the worst scenarios for the future of humanity. They respond to a form of logical paradox and echo the words of Albert Einstein “I do not know the nature of the weapons that will be used for the next world war. But for the fourth, we will fight with stones ”.

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