Francesca Mangion

Fenêtre Project + Pakui Hardware @ Exo, Dec 10 – 18

10 December 2015

Fenêtre Project and Pakui Hardware are presenting a collaborative exhibition, Dawning, at Paris’s Exo, opening December 10 and running to December 18.

Following a text devoted to the neglected bacteria that “made us”, the press release for the show describes the human body as a map of a metropolis, where these micro-organisms become “citified, recycling all”, including these corpses of “once-living giant evolutionary offspring”.

The Paris-based Fenêtre Project is an artist and curatorial duo featuring Dustin Cauchi and Francesca Mangion, who recently presented we wanted to be better and ended up being happy group exhibition with the likes of Tilman Hornig, Pierre Clément and Felicia Atkinson. Pakui Hardware, meanwhile, is a collaboration between Lithuanian artists Neringa Černiauskaitė and Ugnius Gelguda who’s Lost Heritage was on at Riga’s kim? Contemporary Art Centre from January to February this year.

See the Exo website for details.**

Pakui Hardware, Lost Heritage (2015) @ kim?. Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery and the artists.
Pakui Hardware, Lost Heritage (2015) @ kim?. Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery and the artists.
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Wir Kinder aus Asbest @ La Cité internationale des Arts, Jul 10

9 July 2015

La Cité internationale des Arts opens a new group exhibition titled Wir Kinder Aus Asbest, launching at their Paris location on July 10.

The title, which translates to We are children of asbestos—asbestos being the highly heat-resistant fibrous mineral often woven into fabrics to insulate and make them fire-resistant—alludes to the exhibition’s thematics, which confront asbestos as a “symbol for a total melt-down of a modern technology”.

With works by Rudolf ReiberFenêtre Project (featuring Francesca Mangion and Dustin Cauchi), Pierre CleméntRémy Briere, and Ulrike Buck, the exhibition reflects on the previous century’s history, from the atomic disaster of Chernobyl to the fall of the iron curtain, and the “present and dystopian visions of the future”.

See the FB event page for details. **

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Fenêtre Project (2015) exhibition photos

15 May 2015

we wanted to be better and ended up being happythe name of a Fenêtre project-curated show that opened at Galerie Joseph Tang on March 27 (exhibition photos, top right), is now making its online migration in collaboration with OFluxo Blog. It is also a paradoxical statement that could drive you into an existential scream if you let it. Aren’t better people happier? Or is that ignorant people? Are they happier because they forgot it all? Are we sadder because we keep remembering?

The title, their press release writes, is an offhand statement in reply to the “promise of futurity in mainstream sci-fi culture in the 1980s and 1990s”. The future, they say, is a thing of the past; in contemporary culture, “presence has substituted promise, favouring a view of the future as an abridged temporal phenomenon”. We no longer have even nostalgia to cling to.

Tilman Hornig, 'TXT on Devices' (2015). Install view. Courtesy Dustin Cauchi + Francesca Mangion.
Tilman Hornig, ‘TXT on Devices’ (2015). Install view. Courtesy Dustin Cauchi + Francesca Mangion.

The group show, which features Felicia AtkinsonDustin Cauchi, Pierre Clément, and Tilman Hornig, ran at Galerie Joseph Tang for one weekend in late March as part of the ongoing Fenêtre Project in collaboration with the Paris gallery, and is launching at its digital home for an online exhibition. The “curatorial / editorial / convening / creative practice”, developed by Mangion and Cauchi, deals with the dialectics of online/offline and the ways in which the two are converging in the contemporary art field.

Examining curation as an active, dynamic practice, they set up a landscape or “micro ecosystem” of signs and signals composed in hand-engraved text on various objects, like routers, silent speakers, laser pointers, and organic matter. “In this landscape,” they write, “the works co-habit the space harmoniously. This landscape however, harbours a system of signification that is not always visible, at times manifesting a disruption that destabilises this found harmony.” **

Exhibition photos, top right.

The Fenêtre Project group exhibition was on at Paris’ Galerie Joseph Tang, opening March 27. Their SANKAINET solo show is on at Cyprus’ Ground, running May 16 – 17.  

Header image: Dustin Cauchi, ‘055XB’ (2015). Install view. Courtesy the artist.

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