Expo Solo Show: Maja BAJEVIC « We are the last ones of yesterday, but the first ones of tomorrow »
Du 29 Novembre 2014 au 17 Janvier 2015
the occasion of Maja Bajevic’s third personal exhibition at the Michel Rein Gallery (“Quelqu’un veille sur toi”, 2008 and “Terrains Vagues”, 2005), a series of phrases suspended in blue neon dominate the Gallery’s space :
We Are Hungry in Three Languages We’ll be on Top
We Are anImage of the Future
We Are the People
We’ll Take More Care of You
We Shall Overcome
We Want Bread, and Roses Too
Short, violent, incantatory, these phrases are part of a collection of slogans derived from the great social and political uprisings of 20th century, patiently archived by Maja Bajevic to be used as materiel for a series of museum exhibitions initiated in 2011:
“To Be Continued” at Museo Reina Sofia, Palacio de Cristal (2011), the DAAD Gallery in Berlin (2012), “Take Liberty!” at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2014).
A display case allows visitors to view 150 files, documenting this collection of slogans. Two voices, that of a man and that of a woman, recite the archived slogans in turn.
A “Steam Machine”, a -home made-construction, put together from a washing machine drum, where the laundry produces steam through which the texts and slogans are project- ed. In the mist, the slogans appear, become deformed, and then disappear, as if to show erratic changes in the historical moment in motion.
"How to explain the world to the Martians, 5", 2013 de Maja Bajevic Courtesy Galerie Michel Rein © Photo Éric Simon
"How to explain the world to the Martians, 6", 2013 de Maja Bajevic Courtesy Galerie Michel Rein © Photo Éric Simon
A series of drawings and collages from the project “How to Explain the World to the Mar- tians” presented for the first time at the exhi- bition “The Unanswered Question. Iskele 2” at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2013) explores the German capital’s past. Iconography of a vanished town, which lost its populations and its buildings to leave place for real estate projects at the service of a globalised gentrification.
The exhibition at the Gallery follows on from the work of Maja Bajevic, where personal experience, collective history, and great history merge. The question of identity is omni- present, an identity which is constructed in a permanent coming and going, at times fluid and violent.
"How to explain the world to the Martians, 8", 2013 de Maja Bajevic Courtesy Galerie Michel Rein © Photo Éric Simon
Maja Bajevic (Sarajevo 1967) Franco-Bosnian . A graduate of Fine Arts in Sarajevo andthe Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she lives and works in Paris and Sarajevo.
Michel Rein Paris
42 rue de Turenne
Horaires d’ouverture : du mardi au samedi de 11h à 19h.