Post-structuralism: unusual encounters between the artist and the object

By Margalit Berriet

Photo credit : Pablo Nunez

« In dealing with pluralism and identities, the MdA-HAS Project finds an important convergence with the questions posed by the DF-project and its concept of post-structuralism—posing questions about the portrayal of identity while also tracing memories, constructing narratives, and attempting to find alternate ways of representing realities.

The representation of human forms via structuralism or post-structuralism proposes unusual meetings between artist and object, in which the boundaries between the real and the imaginary are distorted and abolished. As a result, artistic potential is revealed and enhanced by paradoxical feelings of proximity and strangeness.

Within growing individualistic and existentialist modern societies, the possibility of a unique self, versus the proximity to the other, become relative to the actual mechanism of perception—a matter of the multi-dimensionalism of each, based upon impressions and memories that reinforce the virtue of the mind as a creator of relative authenticities.

Ce mécanisme fantastique et complexe contribue à la reconnaissance du pluralisme au sein de communautés multi individualistes et multi culturelles déjà éprouvées, vivant comme nous dans une communauté de plus en plus mondialisée et en constante mutation. Cette compréhension est en fait la découverte de l’autre, avec ses identités riches et plurielles.”

Extrait de l’avant-propos de Margalit Berriet, Fondatrice de Mémoire de l’Avenir, Co-Commissaire de l’exposition Itinérances de l’être, Exposition vol.1 présentée du 10 juillet au 28 août 2021, à l’espace culturel Mémoire de l’Avenir, 45-47 rue Ramponeau, Paris 20e.

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