Art & Commitment

Independent exhibition curator Marc Donnadieu shares his perspective on the French scene with a selection of 20 artists from different generations exhibited by this edition’s galleries. This focus explores these artists’ approach to the concept of commitment, whether a commitment to art and artworks, or to the world, its history and what is happening today.

According to Marc Donnadieu: “If art doesn’t change the world, some works of art do resist and, in their own way, counter the attacks to which the world is subjected. Such works make us more clairvoyant; they foster empathy and emancipation, obliging us to open our eyes to art and the world, to their history and current events. It is this commitment made by artists and their art that I want to put in the spotlight and contrast with the obscurity that is darkening the outlook today.”

Discover the Art & Commitment. A Focus on the French Scene booklet below.

Marc Donnadieu (born 1960, Jerada, Morocco)) has been curator in chief at Photo Élysée (Musée Cantonal pour la Photographie, Lausanne), after previously working as curator of contemporary art at LaM Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut (2010-2017) and director of the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Haute-Normandie (1999-2010). He has curated or co-curated a number of major exhibitions, both solo shows and themed exhibits in the field of contemporary photography, drawing practices, present-day representations of the body in art, identity processes at work in society today, the relationship between art and architecture and between photography and art brut. He has been a member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art (AICA) since 1997 and has contributed to numerous French and international periodicals, including Art Press with which he has been working since 1994. He has also taken part in the elaboration of several dozen catalogues, monographs, and themed publications in the fields of the visual arts, architecture, design, and fashion.

Damien Deroubaix, Sans titre, 2020
Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Couronne en dentelle 2, 2020
Agathe Pitié, La Forêt aux Esprits (détail), 2022
Nancy Spero, You bear the stigma... (Artaud painting), 1969
Rakajoo, Toi et moi, 2022
Jacques Grinberg, Le casque prison, 1964
Paul Rebeyrolle, Le chien blanc (série Madagascar), 2000
Randa Maroufi, Bab Sebta, 2019
Kubra Khademi, The Great Battle, 2023
Hassan Musa, Dante de Lampedusa II (d'après Delacroix), 2019
Agathe May, "Le modèle" (détail), 2020
Alain Josseau, Time surface #17 : The Rope, Détail, 2023
Paz Corona, Untitled, 2022

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