L’ère vulgaire passera
France, written by Bernard Perrine
The group show L’ère du vulgaire passera will run through December 21, 2013, at the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff. For curator Patrick Schedler, the title of the exhibition is directly inspired by the relationship between the French Revolution of 1789 and the fall of the USSR in 1989. In 1792, revolutionary France established the Republican calendar, putting an end to the “common era.”
“In 1989, another revolution brought an end to Stalinism in Russia and East Germany. This is the beginning of a new era for young people both in Eastern countries and in the West, who became aware of historical changes.”
The exhibition features the work of four photographers, Aleksandr Schumow (Russia), Andreas Fux (Germany) and the couple Slava Mogutin (Russian political exile) and Brian Kenny (born on an American military base in Germany). Patrick Schedler sees parallels between their photographs and the major changes brought about by the end of the authoritarian regimes of the USSR and East Germany in the way they upset, “the way people think, society, and the history of art.” The exhibition shows the political commitment of these photographers to key contemporary issues, such as the Russian government’s repression of its opponents, including the gay community. Each artist denounces the repression with a unique aesthetic approach.
"L'ère vulgaire passera"
Photographs by Aleksandr Schumow, Andreas Fux, Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny
Curator: Patrik Schedler
Until December 21st, 2013
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