“La Triennale 2012: Intense Proximity”

Palais de Tokyo
13, Avenue du Président Wilson
April 20–August 26

Curated by Okwui Enwezor, Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Émelie Renard, Claire Staebl

This third edition of Paris’s La Triennale—tellingly titled “Intense Proximity”—is set to advance artistic director Okwui Enwezor’s important contestation of nationality and nativism by highlighting relational geographies and migrant figures. The show will unfold from the newly expanded Palais de Tokyo to neighboring institutions along La Colline des Musées, with an approach to cultural transnationalism inspired by twentieth-century ethnographers Marcel Mauss, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Griaule. The exhibition’s list of 120 artists comprises a small number of French citizens (Daniel Buren, Luc Delahaye, Annette Messager), several foreign-born Paris denizens (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Thomas Hirschhorn, Cameron Jamie), and many more (Georges Adéagbo, Yto Barrada, Desire Machine Collective) hailing from regions formerly subject to European colonial rule.