From May, 20 to August, 1 2017
Galerie Openspace is very pleased to announce La Mauvaise reputation, a unique and impacting themed show that stands out in C215’s exhibitions curriculum as much as in the programming of our gallery. We are extremely proud of this project: the result of more than a one-year long collaboration with the stencil artist.
Born in 1973, Christian Guémy aka C215 has lived, seen, read and written a lot. For the last ten years, he has built his career as a painter on a rich cultural background as well as a constant questioning. Today famous and acclaimed, he takes distance with himself and society, which gives him the freedom to talk and take a stand. Everyday, he publicly rises up to injustice, racism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, but so many other topics feeds his daily fight.
Travelling artist, C215 went to Rwanda with the European Grassroots Anti-racist Movement (EGAM) association and the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) in 2015. In 2016, he travelled to Syria and Lebanon with the Beyond association Lebanese NGO. His commitment also takes local forms: he has been painting stencil portraits of homeless people, orphans, and other outcasts of society on his territory since the mid-2000s. In 2016, he painted the portrait of Ahmed Merabet, the policeman killed during Charlie Hebdo’s attack, in Paris. Later, he also paid a tribute to the policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe killed at Montrouge or to the newspaper’s editors Cabu or Charb.
C215 also fights for art to be free: free to be purely aesthetic and entertaining, and free to condemn. La Mauvaise réputation first refers to his own bad reputation, since the good people do not like others’ freedom [reference to the song of the same name by the singer Georges Brassens]. But La Mauvaise réputation is also a paradigm... and a pretext to present a both startling and controversial gallery of portraits.
The exhibition therefore starts with Ted, this living teddy bear which is nothing but cute [Ted is the main character of the American movie of the same name, dated 2012]. This ironic reference to his cat stencils introduces to the topic of the show. How comes that bad guys are always the most famous fictional characters? How can we explain our fascination with evil and its icons?
The exhibition presents about fifty portraits of French and international political figures, personalities from modern and contemporary history, medias, culture, etc. As for his his past exhibition Douce France, visitors will have to pay attention to the relationship between the subject matter and the chosen medium, as it will be a key to understand the works without however limiting their reading. La Mauvaise réputation reflects our time: it is full of political uncertainty and various concerns. This exhibition aims at raising questions about our society, its symbols and icons, and retrospectively, about ourselves.
Wednesday : 14:00 to 19:00
Thursday : 14:00 to 19:00
Friday : 14:00 to 19:00
Saturday : 14:00 to 19:00
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