Caetano Dias, 1978 Cidade Submersa, 2010, video, courtesy of the artist
Muriel Enjalran was invited to come to New York from Paris as the first ICI/French Institute Fellow. After participating in ICI’s Curatorial Intensive program in the Summer 2012, she conducted research into artists who engage with the public sphere and explore the relationship between art and politics beyond conventional practices. Enjalran takes the works and activities of Justine Triet, Ângela Ferreira, and Caetano Dias (artists residing across various continents) as a departure point for interrogating how their work attempts to redefine aesthetics, therefore redefining art and politics while engaging with the social.
The past two years have shown tremendous international popular uprisings from New York to Cairo to Athens. And as art continues to emerge as a vehicle for expressing political movements, the traditional artwork has been generally augmented by art as a process, increasingly contributing to an aestheticization of politics. New York offers a space to witness theory in action alongside a myriad of contemporary art spaces and cultural institutions. As her research in New York progresses through studio visits, lectures, academic studies and professional networking, Enjalran’s writing will continue to unearth international artists and practices working against the grain of standardizing the relationship between art and politics.
Click here to read Enjalran’s full essay, Between the Politicization of Art and the Aesthetics of the Politics: the Margin of the Artist. The essay results from a research fellowship established for independent curator and writer Muriel Enjalran by Independent Curators International (ICI), l’institut français in Paris, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.
About Muriel Enjalran
Muriel Enjalran is currently working on a monographic exhibition with Hamish Fulton, which will be presented in October 2013 at the CRAC Languedoc Roussillon in Sète, France. For this particular project, Hamish Fulton has realized a 23 days solitary walk in Pyrenees which joins Llançà on the Spanish Mediterranean coast to Hendaye on the French Atlantic coast. This major exhibition will include new wall paintings and other works that render this particular experience. A catalog will also be published on the occasion. More information can be found at crac.languedocroussillon.fr
Enjalran’s newest project for d.c.a, uncoupdedes.net, is an online magazine and collaborative network (“un coup de dés” literally, a roll of the dice) bringing together 50 contemporary art institutions. Week after week via the website, visitors find diverse reflections on contemporary art. Like rolling the dice, pages on the site appear at random, enabling visitors to experience contributions from different perspectives: figures of the world of art and culture (artists, curators, critics, philosophers, researchers, sociologists…). Every art center will play its own card, in spirit of experimentation and research, the fundamental tasks that arise at every stage of art’s activity, from the production of a work to its reception. Uncoupdedes.net is a project of d.c.a / the French Association for the Development of Art Centers. Please visit the website at www.uncoupdedes.net
Since 2006, Enjalran has worked at the d.c.a as Project Manager. In addition, Enjalran also regularly curates projects for L’appartement 22, an independent art space in Rabat. She was an Associate Curator for the first edition of the Biennale de Belleville, Paris, in 2011; and for the 3rd Arts in Marrakech International Biennale, in 2009. She regularly contributes essays and reviews to publications such as Particules, Mag’Art, and Paris Art.
More about Enjalran’s 2012 Fellowship here.