Frac Lorraine, Metz
1 bis rue des Trinitaires
artists & participants
press release only in german
Céline Condorelli: Two Years’ Vacation
Thomas Schmahl: Degrés Est
July 23, 2020–January 24, 2021
With works by Martin Beck, Ursula Biemann, Geta Brātescu, Brognon Rollin, Judy Chicago, Lynne Cohen, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Peter Downsbrough, Harun Farocki, Aurélien Froment, Luigi Ghirri, Karl Holmqvist, Marine Hugonnier, Teresa Margolles, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Camila Oliveira Fairclough, Cesare Petroiusti, Amalia Pica, Charlotte Posenenske, Lotty Rosenfeld, Martha Rosler, Cameron Rowland, Liv Schulman, Michael Snow, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Atelier Van Lieshout, Nil Yalter & Nicole Croiset.
Céline Condorelli’s ongoing concern for the concept of support has led her to develop a reflection on certain structures that shape public spaces: those that allow for the integration of culture into daily life, those that support works of art, or the bodies of those that come to look at them. For her first solo exhibition in France, Condorelli (lives and works in London) makes use of emotional connections and affinities as a means of orientation within an institution. Interrogating her place in front of art collections, the artist chooses to look at them through the lens of affinity and labor – based on her observation that the artist’s labor becomes visible in the leisure time of the visitor, but also that affinities, like friendships, are tied to free time, and essential to the development of an artistic practice.
Céline Condorelli relates her work to a selection of pieces from the three collections, confronting shared pleasures, communal constraints, and individual physical reality. The show explores the infrastructural conditions of the ways we spend our time, in an era where labor, spaces of private life and free time are merging into a continuous productivity, between working at home and useful leisure.
The exhibition is supported by Fluxus Art Projects. The public conversation with Maurizio Lazzarato on September 10, 8.30 pm is part, is part of Tools for Imagination an artwork by Condorelli produced by Ramdom (It.) in collaboration with FRAC Lorraine, Metz (Fr.); Tenerife Espacio de Las Artes, Tenerife (Sp.); Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz (Pol.); South London Gallery, London (UK) and MACRO, Rome (It.). Supported by the Italian Council (8th edition 2020), program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism