Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris

Jean – Michel Alberola. Echoes and Phantoms of 1968

19.11.2008 — 30.01.2009 | Rondo Sztuki Art Gallery in Katowice

An exhibition and promotion of first Polish edition of Discourse on Voluntary Servitude 1546—2008 by Étienne de La Boétie. The publishing was initiated by Jean-Michel Alberola. 

Jean-Michel Alberola (born in 1953, Saïda, Algeria) lives and works in Paris. While creating various works, he uses opulance of matter and different carriers, which make his creativeness extremly rich and diverse. His unordinary realisations based on attitude, political and aesthetic issues, are created with pastels, sculptures, photographs, posters, installations, retouched objects, views and words. His artistic process blurs bounds of traditional categories.  Painting his works directly on walls, he is questioning the idea of "the end of painting", cherished in ⅩⅩ century. Although, most of all he is a painter, in his works he uses various preexisting materials (photos, postcards, found objects, movies and texts), searching for connection between painting, writing and word. Wall painting is the basis of Alberola's work. Enormous frescoes cover exhibition walls of many world museums, creating sole and transitory works, condemned to nonentity after the exhibition.  

The exhibition, during ⅩⅦ Ars Cameralis Festival, was accompanied by the first Polish edition of  Discourse on Voluntary Servitude 1546—2008 by Étienne de La Boétie — a work which exceeds frames of traditional political discourse. The publication, published by Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis, was initiated by Jean-Michel Alberola

„The fascination it excites comes from the fact, that the work lays the foundation for a study of the relation reign-subjection in the intimate interpersonal relations. A tyrant is not only a political category, it is also mental and „metaphysical”.  The relation reign-subjection is not initiated in society, but at more intimate level of consciousness. We owe to the Discourse not only an ordinary political lesson, but also an ethical and moral lesson, as well as an appeal to eliminate from ourselves a threatening — cruel and adored — tyrant." 

Séverine Auffret


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