Le safari vu par 11 artistes contemporains
Du 30 mars au 4 septembre 2016
Bruce Sargeant, Four Hunters with Trophies, © Mark Beard. Cliché Raphaël Chipault et Benjamin Soligny
Exhibition presented with the support of the Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain du Canton de Genève, the Ville de Genève and the Fondation Pro Helvetia, in partnership with Art Paris Art Fair.
Artistes présentés :
What would hunting be without stories of hunting? The spoken tradition has taken charge of this self-promotional story since the beginning of time, before being relayed by such abundant writing that it became a literary genre in itself. The question of the authenticity of the facts related does not wait for the publication of Tartarin de Tarascon’s hunting exploits to be asked. All of the glorious and unverifiable published hunting stories are already impressive, when the famous “lion-killer” decides to try and outdo everyone else!
Safaris transposes the ambivalence of hunting stories to contemporary art, and the works of Mark Beard, Joan Fontcuberta and Christian Gonzenbach, brought together for the exhibition, flood the land with fictional hunts… Mixing paintings with documents and photographs with testimonials, the assembled pieces are testament to the hunter’s age-old dissatisfaction at making do with reality. Making the most banal hunting grounds seem wilder or more attractive, attributing extreme scarcity or threatening appetite to game, bestowing the hunt with intangible surges of heroism or mysticism – isn’t that also the function of hunting tales and images?
As well as calling upon the styles and techniques inherited from the past for their work, some of the artists brought together for Safaris highlight the tension between reality and fiction that characterises hunting art: between reportage and propaganda, gossip and respectability… an obsession to be realised that cannot disappoint.