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Alain Colardelle, Camille Grasser, Juliette Hesse, Fanny Larcher-Collin
Monsters haunt the collective imagination, mythology and the history of art. All civilisations are inhabited by monsters, from cave painting to Japanese manga, by way of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch or surrealist excesses.
A monster is an absolute divergence, an anomaly, a hybrid. They thoroughly challenge the world’s norms and rational customs, undermining our assurance, blurring the boundaries between rational and irrational, real and imaginary. These beings from the fringes are also there to better exorcise our fears and create bridges between worlds that are otherwise impenetrable. Whether revered or detested, they are essentially figures of otherness. Since we need others, we need monsters to better understand our profound nature.
The exhibition brings together nine contemporary artists who, in one way or another, practice an art of hybridisation, drawing from an infinite repertoire of forms and cultural references.
We could look at the works accepting that they unsettle us and push us to our limits, and that they ultimately enable us to go beyond prejudices while going beyond ourselves.
Inversion / Aversion is a chance to reverse values, hierarchies and the established order. If monsters invite us to rethink power dynamics and social norms, the exhibition echoes this inversion dynamic: it is collectively curated by the staff of the art centre, allowing everyone to go beyond the roles usually assigned to them.