November 27, Wednesday 6 pm, at the CAC Reading Room

The talk will be held in English, Entrance free of charge.

In this talk, followed by a Q&A, curator Clelia Coussonnet will describe her interest in crafts and heritage from the perspective of artistic production. Indeed, believing that art can produce alternative knowledge and trigger transmission chains, she is interested in how artists and designers contribute to reviving, safeguarding and transcending forgotten or disappearing knowledge and craft traditions.

Projects presented include a residency in Greenland gathering designers and local crafts people to conceive products based on local knowledge, techniques, tools and materials; an artist’s research and production and how they tap into crafts, weaving and dyeing techniques in Turkey; as well as an exhibition that took place in a dockyard in Marseilles and that included a commissioned piece inspired by that particular space and the know-how linked to it.

Clelia Coussonnet is an independent curator, art editor and writer based in Marseilles. She is interested in how visual cultures tackle political, social and spiritual issues in different, or complementary, ways than other disciplines. Lately, her research has been revolving around botanical politics and power structures, and around knowledge production, exchange and transmission. Some last curatorial projects include LeaveNo Stone Unturned [Remuerlaterre], Le Cube — independent art room, Rabat, Morocco (2019) ; Alter me, Alter you [Промениме, променямте], Goethe-Institute Sofia, Bulgaria (2018), Olympic Stadium, Patio, Paris, France (2018), Auloin les signaux, al lou’lou’ in thedockyards of L’Anse du Pharo, Marseilles, France (2017) and Botany under Influence, apexart, NYC, USA (2016).

Image: Clémence Marin & Marguerite Reinert, collective crash-test, production phase of Sans titre (mue), 2017. Courtesy the artists.