What would hunting be without hunting stories? The oral tradition has supported this self-promotional story since the dawn of time, before being relayed by abundant writings to the point of making it a form of literary genre. The question of the authenticity of the reported facts does not wait for the publication of Tartarin de Tarascon's hunting exploits to arise. The sum of the glorious and unverifiable hunting tales published is already impressive when the famous "lion slayer" decides in turn to play the higher bid!
Safaris transposes to contemporary art the ambivalence of hunting stories and the works of Mark Beard, Joan Fontcuberta or even Christian Gonzenbach, brought together for the exhibition, invest the territory of fictional hunts ... Mixing paintings with documents, the photographs with testimonies, the pieces gathered attest to the immemorial dissatisfaction of the hunter in being satisfied with reality. To embellish or savage the most banal of hunting grounds, attributing to game extreme rarity or threatening appetite, conferring on the hunt impalpable heroic or mystical impulses, is not this also the function of hunting stories and images?
Thus, by summoning styles and techniques inherited from the past for their works, some of the artists gathered for Safaris underline the tension between reality and fiction which characterizes the art of hunting: between reportage and propaganda, chronicle and decorum ... a obsession with giving an account that cannot be disenchanted.
Richard Barnes, Mark Beard, Ghyslain Bertholon, David Chancelor, Sinje Dillenkofer, Juan Fontcuberta, Christian Gonzenbach, Daniel Horowitz, Agnès Rosse, Nicolas Rubinstein, Dimitri Tsykalov
62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris
The museum is open every day except Monday and public holidays,
11 a.m. to 18 p.m., 11 a.m. to 21:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Full price: 8 euros
Reduced price: 6 euros
Exhibition presented with the support of the Cantonal Contemporary Art Fund of the Canton of Geneva, the City of Geneva and the Pro Helvetia Foundation, in partnership with Art Paris Art Fair.