is an installation consisting of a library (publications and bookcases)
that presents specialized works published since 2005 that don’t
mention, neither in commentaries nor as references, textual or
iconographic, the work of the artists Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet
(les gens d’Uterpan). Library
uses a particular case to question the relations that History
negotiates with Art, by putting on display the relations that
commentators and art experts establish with History.
For an exhibition that takes place abroad, the search for specialized
works is made in France (country of origin and residence of the
artists) and in the country in question.
Thus, for its first occurrence in documenta 14 in Kassel, the search
done in France and Germany concerned books in these countries’
languages, French and German, as well as in English.
The bookcase exhibiting the books was conceived by the French designer
Dominique Mathieu. Additional copies of the bookcase will be fabricated
in order to contain works resulting from future occurrences of Library.
On site, visitors can read the books exposed in the bookcase. The
complete list of available books as well as works currently being
collected is remotely accessible.
As searches are relaunched each time Library is invited to a different country and new works are acquired, Library becomes a resource on the practice and production of performances since 2005.
Linked to the monographic treaty Imposteurs published by the CAC Brétigny in 2013 that concerned the choreographers work from 2005 to 2012, Library also became its bibliographic resource.
Researchers for the initial phase: Verena Kittel (Germany) and Florian Gaité (France)
documenta 14, Kassel, Germany
June 10th to September 17th 2017
curators: Adam Szymczyk and Pierre Bal-Blanc
photo: Mathias Völzke