Massinissa Selmani – What is flowing has no end

Palais de Tokyo

  • 16.02.2018. - 13.05.2018

For her exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, Massinissa Selmani went in the footsteps of Louise Michel in Algeria and New Caledonia, where this legendary figure of anarchism was deported from 1873 to 1880, after the defeat of the Commune de Paris. She rubbed shoulders not only with the Kanaks, whose revolt she supported, but also with Algerians who had been sent to prison after insurrections in March 1871 in Kabylie. From this meeting, Louise Michel made friends with the deported Algerians and promised to visit them. Between October and December 1904, only a few months before her death, she undertook this trip to Algeria where she gave numerous lectures denouncing religions, militarism and colonial violence.

Inspired by this little-known historical episode, Massinissa Selmani makes an installation, where, if the drawing is omnipresent, it overflows the page to invest space in various forms. The artist also extends her questions to the current context, to the spread of the revolt and to the positioning "in front of the pain of others", according to the expression of Susan Sontag.

Massinissa Selmani's exhibition continues a work of experimentation around drawing, mixing a documentary approach with fictional constructions, taking as starting points the political and social news resulting from newspaper clippings. Through confrontation, juxtaposition and even the superimposition of real elements whose context is systematically obscured, Massinissa Selmani creates enigmatic and ambiguous scenes testifying to the absurdity of human behavior or architecture as an instrument of power.

Commissioner : Yoann Gourmel