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REVIEW

  • Zoltan Alexander

nº39 / THEASTER GATES / PALAIS TOKYO / PARIS


The latest installation of Theaster Gates “Amalgam” opens at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.






AMALGAM


“ Being “sensible” means changing on contact with others"

Theaster Gates



 


Review by Zoltan Alexander



 


"Amalgam" by Theaster Gates at Palais de Tokyo / © video by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA



The new season at Palais de Tokyo “Sensible” opened with uncertain motions. Being “sensible” means changing on contact with others, putting into relation the world’s imaginaries, while producing the unforeseen futures of our mingled destinies. It is with just such unstable matter that the artists presented in this season work; Theaster Gates, Angelica Mesiti, Julien Creuzet, Louis-Cyprien Rials, Julius von Bismarck and Franck Scurti, paying particular attention to movements: in social history, migrations, cultural heritages.


In an astonishingly short space of time, Theaster Gates has incubated compelling new models for legacy building, social transformation, and making art. Gates is an American social practice installation artist whose work includes sculpture, installation, performance and urban interventions that aim to bridge the gap between art and life. He works as an artist, curator, urbanist and facilitator and his projects attempt to instigate the creation of cultural communities, creating hubs and archives for black culture by acting as catalysts for social engagement that leads to political and spatial change.