The exhibition

Sylvie Blocher: “Change the Scenario, (Conversation with Bruce Nauman)”, 2013. Video installation HD, double screening, color. 5 min 30 sec. With Shaun Ross. Courtesy the artist.

Presented from 8 November 2014 to 25 May 2015 at Mudam, the exhibition S’inventer autrement by Sylvie Blocher will be displayed in the two garden-level galleries, and will feature ten recent works echoing various central issues in her practice: identity, otherness, utopia, shared responsibility, the question of politics, etc. Dreams Have a Language. The video installation set up in the foyer, will be the centre piece.

By reactivating the musical mode of discourse and major manifestos from contemporary history, the five videos that make up the series Speeches (2009-2012, Mudam Collection) are thus concerned with the political dimension of imagination. In the exhibition, it interacts with Living Pictures/Les Témoins (2010), a video piece produced in collaboration with teenagers in a favela in Sao Paulo, and a series of previously unseen drawings that the artist has been doing for a year, on a daily basis, on the front pages of the French newspaper Libération.

Several artworks in the exhibition also address the issue of identity and the mechanisms of perception that accompany it, with video being considered as a medium to "show bodies that are being liberated rather than bodies on display". In Change the Scenario (Conversation with Bruce Nauman) (2013), Sylvie Blocher reappropriates the principle behind the filmed performance Art Make-Up (1967-1968) by the American artist Bruce Nauman, in which he covered this face and torso in different colours, in this case played by Shaun Ross, an African-American albino model. Produced in Texas, the videos Alamo (2014), Skintone (2014) and Color (2014) examine the historical and conflictual dimensions of the construction of the subject.

Sylvie Blocher: S'inventer autrement
08.11.2014 - 25.05.2015
Curator: Enrico Lunghi

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The exhibition by Sylvie Blocher at Mudam Luxembourg is a collaboration with the Centre régional d’art contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon in Sète and the Institut français du Luxembourg.

Exhibition partner: BGL BNP Paribas