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New work from the artist Julien Creuzet six months before the Biennale di Venezia 2024

As a prelude to the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia (20 April-24 November 2024), where Julien Creuzet will be representing France, co-curators Céline Kopp and Cindy Sissokho are delighted to present a solo exhibition by the artist at Le Magasin, Centre national d'art contemporain (CNAC) in Grenoble, from 17 November 2023 to 26 May 2024. Also this month, Julien Creuzet's performance pieceAlgorithm Ocean true blood moves will be presented at the Performa Biennial in New York on 10 and 11 November. 

We focus on these two new projects from the artist, six months before the unveiling of his French Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia. 

Updated on 13/11/2023

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Solo exhibition at Le Magasin CNAC, from 17 November 2023 to 26 May 2024

Le Magasin CNAC will be highlighting Julien Creuzet's career from an original angle, emphasising the constant presence of the video medium throughout his practice, while revealing the multiple dialogues and resonances that make up his artistic universe: sound, voice, music, movement and the body. A substantial portion of the artist's video work is brought together for the first time, exhibited alongside work by Phoebe Collings James, Christina Kimeze, Manuel Mathieu, Bruno Peinado and Chloé Quenum. 

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Julien Creuzet, Zumbi Zumbi, 2023. Animation vidéo HD son  (extrait de la vidéo) ©Julien Creuzet
Julien Creuzet, Zumbi Zumbi, 2023. Animation vidéo HD son (extrait de la vidéo) ©Julien Creuzet

Oh téléphone, oracle noir (...) was born of a desire to broaden the conversation around Julien Creuzet and to emphasise the importance of relationships and dialogue in his work. The exhibition, whose title is taken from that of a 2015 video work by the artist, is the fruit of exchanges between Céline Kopp, director of Le Magasin CNAC, and Cindy Sissokho, curator at the Wellcome Collection in London, as part of their collaboration with Julien Creuzet as co-curators of his project for the French Pavilion. 

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Julien Creuzet - exposition personelle Magasin CNAC

At the start of the exhibition in the Galerie Expérimentale at Le Magasin CNAC there will also be a group show highlighting the work of three artists (Thomas Besset, Sofia Bonilla Otoya and Nina Jayasuriya) who recently graduated from Julien Creuzet's Atelier at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, curated by Alexia Pierre, a curator and art critic based in Grenoble, where she is also assistant curator at Le Magasin CNAC. Affiliated exhibition: Ailleurs est ce rêve proche, murmures d'eaux confiantes (...). 

Nina Jayasuriya, holy waterz, 2021. © Nina Jayasuriya / Photo : Tristan Chevillard
Nina Jayasuriya, Sans titre (icônes électriques), 2023. Vue de l'exposition/ Exhibition view from magē gedara magē pansala, 2023 © Nina Jayasuriya
Nina Jayasuriy, Sans titre (icônes électriques), 2023. Vue de l'exposition/Exhibition view from magē gedara magē pansala, 2023 © Nina Jayasuriya Photo : Tristan Chevillard
Sofía Bonilla Otoya, flores de plomo para un jardin de ausentes [fleurs de plomb pour un jardin d’absents], 2022. © Sofía Bonilla Otoya
Sofía Bonilla Otoya, la boca es un lugar de babas y mareas, résine d'eucalyptus, terre crue, 2021. © Sofía Bonilla Otoya
Thomas Besset, Arum Trachea, 2023. ©Thomas Besset Photo : Sacha Boccara
Thomas Besset, Blooming mandibles, 2023. ©Thomas Besset Photo : Simon Petit Fort

Julien Creuzet at PERFORMA, New York, November 2023

Algorithm Ocean true blood moves is a performance piece by Julien Creuzet (sculpture, video and performance, featuring seven dancers), in collaboration with choreographer Ana Pi. 

Algorithm Ocean true blood moves focuses on the muscle memory of movements and gestures that have been passed down through generations of the African diaspora across time and geographies, now reconnected via social media. For several years, the artist has collected movements, gestures and styles on Instagram, revealing unexpected similarities between steps and physical realities, such as West African clerics moving in a crouched position during a ceremony and American teenagers "duck walking" in the aisles of a supermarket. Conceived in collaboration with Brazilian choreographer Ana Pi, Algorithm Ocean true blood moves translates these movements into a performance context that pushes aside geographical and temporal divisions. 

 

Concept, videos, sculptures et costumes : Julien Creuzet

Choreographer: Ana Pi

Performers / dancers: Kamani Abu, Sarah Boyd, Sydnie Cooper, Bette Danganan, DaJuan Foley, Morgan Gregory and Noel Olson

Video:

  • Motion design: Émilien Colombier
  • Sound design: Timothée Sarran
  • Curator: Charles Aubin
  • Senior producer: Julia Simpson
  • Associate producer: Josie Bettman 
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Julien Creuzet, Algorithm ocean true blood moves, 2023. Léman Ballroom, New York. Photo by: Walter Wlodarczyk.
Julien Creuzet, Algorithm ocean true blood moves, 2023. Léman Ballroom, New York. Photo by: Walter Wlodarczyk.

Curator: Charles Aubain. 

Two performances on 10-11 November 2023.

Algorithm Ocean true blood moves will take place at the Léman Ballroom on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan, historically the site of the original 17th-century Dutch colony. Opened in 1928 as a bank before closing one year later due to the stock market crash, the building embodies the highs and lows of American capitalism. Around the perimeter of the performance area is a 225-foot-long mural depicting generations of sailing ships, including ancient Mediterranean galleys, Spanish and Portuguese Renaissance caravels and 20th-century ocean liners.

The performance is supported by Etant Donné, a Villa Albertine programme with the Ford Foundation. The evening is organised by the Villa Albertine, with the support of the Institut français.

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Julien Creuzet, Algorithm ocean true blood moves, 2023. Léman Ballroom, New York. Photo by: Walter Wlodarczyk.
Julien Creuzet, Algorithm ocean true blood moves, 2023. Léman Ballroom, New York. Photo by: Walter Wlodarczyk.
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