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« Une rétrospective dérivée (1993-2023) »

Conversation between Cédric Fauq (Chief curator, Capc museum, Bordeaux) and Mathieu Laurette (artist) on the occasion of the exhibiton « Une rétrospective dérivée (1993 – 2023) » at MAC VAL museum.


«Une rétrospective dérivée (1993-2023)»

Matthieu Laurette and Cédric Fauq retrace the work and discussions that led to the conceptual decisions underlying the project. This is also an opportunity to revisit the idea of a hypertext exhibition.


Born in 1970 in Val-de-Marne, France, he is emblematic of his generation and winner of the Ricard prize in 2003. His work has been exhibited internationally in major institutions (Guggenheim, Centre Pompidou, Venice Biennale). His work is held in numerous public and private collections. A protean artist, he uses the entertainment industry as a raw material and the media (television, internet, press, etc.) as a means of producing and disseminating his work. Since 1993, he has been displacing art production and exhibition venues to confront reality. Defining himself as a multimedia artist - his works take a variety of forms, from televised interventions and installations to recent developments on Instagram - he develops numerous infiltration strategies at the intersection of conceptual art, popular culture, institutional critique, economic reflection and societal issues.
Matthieu Laurette uses existing mechanisms and contexts to create and insert his own works. He explores the complexity of the notion of value: of things, of the artist, of art and of money. His question the place of art and the role of the artist in the age of global entertainment.

Chief curator, Capc musée, Bordeaux

Since September 2021, Cédric Fauq has been chief curator at the Capc musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, where his most recent projects include the group exhibitions Barbe à Papa and Le Club du Poisson-Lune, as well as the sans-fin festival L’Académie des Mutantes. At Capc, he has also collaborated with artists Abbas Zahedi, Olu Ogunnaike, Sung Tieu and Aria Dean. He is currently preparing an exhibition with Maxime Bichon (Novembre 2023). From 2020 to 2021, he was curator at the Palais de Tokyo, where he developed the exhibitions Anticorps and Sarah Maldoror: Cinéma Tricontinental (co-curated with François Piron). Previously, he was curator of the exhibition department at Nottingham Contemporary (UK), where he worked on exhibition projects (Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance; Sung Tieu: In Cold Print; Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio), performances (Okwui Okpokwasili; Steffani Jemison; Lou Lou Lou Sainsbury) and publications. As an author, he also develops independent projects. In 2023, he was a member of the Turner Prize jury and Bertille Bak’s rapporteur for the Marcel Duchamp Prize.

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