Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, “La Triennale 2012: Intense Proximity”, Paris, April 20 – August 26


PALAIS DE TOKYO * April 20-August 26 * Curated by Okwui Enwezor with Melanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Émelie Renard, and Claire Staebler * This third edition of Paris’s La Triennale – tellingly titled “Intense Proximity” – is set to advance artistic director Okwui Enwezor’s important contestation of nationality and nativism by highlighting relational geographies and migrant figures. The show will unfold from the newly expanded Palais de Tokyo to neighboring institutions along La Colline des Musees, with an approach to cultural transnationalism inspired by twentieth-century ethnographers Maercel Mauss, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Griaule. The exhibition’s list of 120 artists comprises a small number of french citizens (Daniel Buren, Luc Delahaye, Anette Messager), several foreign-born Paris denizens (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Thomas hirschhorn, Cameron Jamie), and many more (Georges Adeagbo, Yto Barrada, Desire Machine Collective) hailing from regions formerly subject to European colonial rule.

_T. J. Demos

Text courtesy of ARTFORUM, January 2012 , Previews, Paris