Antoine d'Agata

January 24 - April 14, 2013
  • Pascal Martinez

  • Antoine d’Agata - Magnum photos / Courtesy Galerie Les filles du calvaire

  • Pascal Martinez

  • Antoine d’Agata - Magnum photos / Courtesy Galerie Les filles du calvaire

  • Pascal Martinez

  • Antoine d’Agata - Magnum photos / Courtesy Galerie Les filles du calvaire

  • Antoine d’Agata - Magnum photos / Courtesy Galerie Les filles du calvaire

  • Antoine d'Agata

Antoine d’Agata comes to LE BAL in early 2013, ten years after his landmark exhibition at Galerie Vu.

Ten more years for a work which ultimately has just twenty years behind it.

Ten years of confrontation and ever more radical immersion into the thickness of the world; its gaping wounds and incandescent fringes.
Ten years during which his language has slowly become more abstract, darker, more abrupt, without ever compromising in the demands he makes on his work and on himself.

Demands that imply living his demons and grasping the violence of a world that both obsesses and inhabits him.

Fannie Escoulen and Bernard Marcadé plunged into tens of thousands of images and texts, grappling with this teeming mass of material, grasping the infinite sediments of elicited situations and fortuitous scenarios to then cut through this bottomless seam.

« The only valid art is harmful, subversive, asocial, atheist, erotic and immoral, anantidote to the mass media infection that neutralizes minds and distills death »

-Antoine d'Agata

The exhibition at LE BAL testifies to the vastness of Antoine d’Agata’s production, the implications behind it, and the position of a man who instils the extreme experience of his own and others’ existence with a revelatory power. This deliberate, conscious choice to live life on the edge—the ultimate form of resistance—has resulted in images that become one and the same object. The body-object he uses to give a voice to contemporary alienation.

The innumerable, the unspeakable, stupor, ecstasy, mutism all betray the relationship between d’Agata’s work and death; the limit he addresses and opposes.

Alongside the exhibition, debates, performances and readings shed light on this dense body of work with its many literary, philosophical and aesthetic references, as do accounts from the people who have met and known Antoine d’Agata. A series of films, curated by Philippe Azoury, a fellow traveller on the road of life, presents cinematographic works that are akin to the photography of Antoine d’Agata.

In the Press

« With the exhibition "Anticorps, Le Bal shows the work of Antoine d'Agata under the form a monumental installation. [...] What we’ve understand, glancing at this large sewn panorama, are the underlying concerns of d’Agata’s work that show an obsessional quest: depicting the human rottenness, making art and living from it. »

Curators : Fannie Escoulen et Bernard Marcadé

An exhibition conceived and produced with FOTOMUSEUM (Den Haag) and FORMA (Milano).

Also presented at La Térmica of Málaga, Spain from November 5 to February 5, 2016.

With the technical support from PICTO laboratories, CIRCAD, PLASTICOLLAGE, FOT IMPRIMEURS.




Film series around the exhibition ANTICORPS

From January 15 to April 16, 2013

Queer people poem / In memory of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Reading by Stéphane Bouquet

Wednesday February 6, 2013 - 8PM

Tijuana Carne Viva

Projection of Jean-Charles Hue

Wednesday February 13,2013 - 8 PM


Conference with Philippe Azoury

Wednesday February 20, 2013 - 8 PM

From poetry to psychoanalysis, and return

Discussion with Rafael Garido and Hervé Castanet

Wednesday February 27, 2013 - 8 PM

Tales from the shadowlab

Discussion with Morten Andersen

Wednesday March 6, 2013 - 8 PM

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