Cours Stage - Art et pouvoir (EE)

Expression écrite - Exhibitions


- Political Things. An exhibition of sculptor and video artist Alia Nelson- Smith who uses objects to challenge the notions of consumption and excess.

- Imaginary Cities. Artists imagine the cities of the future, environmentally- friendly, diverse and inclusive.

- Bits and Bobs of an Illustrious Past. The vestiges of British industry turned into art! This exhibition shows how bits and pieces of industrial machinery can look artistic.

Question 1

You are given the choice to visit one of the following exhibitions. Which one do you choose and why?

Political things. An exhibition of sculptor and video of artist Alia  Nelson-Smith who uses objects to challenge the notions of consumption and excess :

If I had to choose among multiples exhibitions, I would choose an exhibition related to a sculptor or an artist as Alia Nelson-Smith. This kind of exhibition, and particularly this kind of artist, interests me because of the very political aspect of their creation. Her sculptures and videos are political because Alia Nelson-Smith does not hesitate to challenge our consuming society, and our habits of consumption. These work of arts are really important, in my opinion, because they force us to see the reality of our habits. They force us to realize the impact of our excessive purchases (achats), and their impact on our environment and well-being. One of the example, of our bad habits is Black Friday, this event started in the United-States and has since then spread (répandre) in Europe and other countries around the world. During Black Friday, prices are very low for 24 hours and people do not hesitate to consume as much as they can, without taking the time to think about what they need to buy. In the United States, one could see people line up (faire la queue) hours before stores’ opening only to have the chance to buy what they want before anyone else, and when they cannot avoid (éviter) other people, they do not hesitate to fight for these articles.  


Imaginary cities. Artists imagine the cities of the future, environmentally-friendly, diverse and inclusive :

If I had to choose among multiple exhibitions, I would prefer to discover artists and their imaginary world, particularly artists who depict imaginary cities and living environment. I would chose this kind of artist because I am particularly interested in the transformation of our areas of life (espace de vie), notably with all the challenges that we will have to face (affronter) because of climate change. In my opinion, one of the key element of the creation of a more environmentally-friendly environment is the reorganization of our cities and community spaces, we need to build places where people would feel included and welcomed, whoever they are. Then, as soon as (dès que) I have an occasion to see what other people define as a positive future for planet, I am eager (j’ai hâte) to see if we have the same point of view or if they create things unknown to me, perhaps even better !

Besides (De plus), I am particularly sensitive (sensible) to exhibitions, which are open and accessible (maybe thanks to their free entrance) to everyone who wants to see them, even more when they are located in diverse and inclusive neighborhoods. Finally, when the artist has an particularly interesting background, and/or is from a minority, I particularly appreciate the originality of their experience with cities and inclusivity in general.


Bits and Bods of an illustrious Past. The vestiges of British Industry turned into art ! this exhibition shows how bits and pieces of industrial machinery can look artistic :

If I had to choose among multiple exhibitions, it would be around the theme of British Illustrious Past. I find this theme interesting because they transform pieces, bits, objects that people see as useless into beautiful and creative art. They can fold, burn, bend a sewing machine into a fragile butterfly or a solid tree. These creations are, in my opinion, the proof of the infinite human abilities to create, change and repurpose (donner un nouveau sens) our environments according to our will. But, I think that these works of arts are also a metaphor of the use of objects, thanks to these creation objects are no longer use and then throw away to slowly degrade and deteriorate the Earth. Industrial rubbishes are no longer part of waste, they are raw materials (matières premières) for artwork. Besides, I am particularly sensible to the vestiges of British Industry, because industry was born there with the Industrial Revolution during the eighteen century, it is then logical (in a sense) that the reuse of these rubbishes is highlighted here. Finally, Britons (britanniques) suffered from the end of industrial revolution and the transformation of the British economy, and if an exhibition is not going to solve everything, it is a way (une façon) to valorize this particular part of their history and its impact on the country.