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Centre for art and research, Paris
Exhibition – 22 January – 13 April 2013
Curated by Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros

« Make an effort to remember.
Or, failing that, invent. » *

Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research (Paris)

Gloria Anzaldúa / Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz / Giuseppe Campuzano / Theresa Hak Kyung Cha / Carola Dertnig / Cheryl Dunye / Renée Green / Marge Monko / Roee Rosen / Monique Wittig

An exhibition curated by Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros
23 January – 13 April 2013
Opening: Tuesday 22 January 2013, 6pm – 9pm

In 1970, in the feminist text anthology Sisterhood is powerful, poet Robin Morgan proposed the neologism herstory to describe a historiographical programme that would reconstruct – or actually invent – a “History of women”. Much more than a mere celebration of this or that female figure forgotten by History, herstory more ambitiously proposed to provide the premises for a feminist and queer rewriting of History, as opposed to positivist History which not only proved unable to reveal the presence of minorities as political subjects in the course of History, but also contributed to the production of the conditions making them subalterns (Guha 1988 ; Preciado 2005). It is through the invention and diffusion of new writing technologies (such as the fictionalization of archives, mythology, auto-history-theory, oral history, reenactment and temporal dislocation) that feminist and queer historiographies disrupt linear historical narrative processes.
* Monique Wittig, Les Guérillères, 1969 , translated by David Le Vay (1973)

This exhibition is the first part of the project “A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History


Justine Frank, The Stained Portfolio, dessin et gouache sur papier, 33×38 cm, 1927-1928. Courtesy : Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv.

Talks with : Benoît Auclerc, Yannick Chevalier, Fabienne Dumont, Catherine Ecarnot, Jules Falquet, Helène Fleckinger, Laura Iamurri, Dominique Samson, Suzette Robichon, Elvan Zabunyan, Giovanna Zapperi. Read More







Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche

9 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet – Rez-de-Chaussée de la Halle aux Farines – 75013 Paris
Métro Ligne 14 ou RER C, Arrêt Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Bétonsalon is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm. Bétonsalon is closed on “fériés” days.
Entrance and all events are free.
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Curator: Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros / Le peuple qui manque

Mélanie Bouteloup, director
Marie Bechetoille, Projects coordinator, in charge of production and education
Flora Katz, Projects coordinator, in charge of administration and communication
Chloé Even, civic service
Claire Porcher, intern

Director : Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros
Intern : Marion Pacouil

Editor : Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros
Participation of : Marion Pacouil
Unpublished texts : Mathias Danbolt, AnaLouise Keating
Translations: Elizaveta Butakova, Stéphane Surprenant
ISSN : 2114 – 155X

We warmly thank: the artists and participants; the team and its collaborators; the events and exhibition’s partners; the lenders and galleries: Sande Zeig, Dominique Samson, Suzette Robichon, The University of Texas Libraries – Lee Benson Latin American Collection (Christian Kelleher), Hadas Maor (The Geny and Hanina Brandes Art Collection), Galerie Rosenfeld (Adi Goldner), Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH (Daniel Ammann), Free Agent Media (Javier Anguera), UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Lisa Calden), Galerie Riccardo Crespi (Maria Francesca Saibene), Zoe Leonard studio (Jocelyn Davis), Galerie Gisela Capitain GmbH (Friederike Stangier), Les 40 ans du Mouvement, Galerie Marcelle Alix (Isabelle Alfonsi, Cécilia Becanovic). Spécial thanks to: Thomas Abell (Peccadillo Pictures Ltd), Art Press (Anaël Pigeat, Raphaël Cuir), Christine Van Assche, Benoît Auclerc, Bibliothèque Kandinsky (Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou), Yannick Chevalier, Francesca Comisso, Lara Conte, Mathias Danbolt, César Delgado Wixan, Catherine Deudon, Fabienne Dumont, Catherine Ecarnot, Laura Iamurri, Hélène Fleckinger, Luc Freyer (ABC- Cinemien / Homescreen), Michka Gorki, AnaLouise Keating, Elisabeth Lebovici, Catherine Lienard, Claire Moulène (Les Inrocks), Marion Pacouil, Marie Richeux (France Culture), Didier Schulmann, Guislaine Petit Volta, Jean-Marc Volta, Samuel Wahl (Cassandre), Stephen Wright, Elvan Zabunyan, Giovanna Zapperi.