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Fareed Armaly

Maison de la Culture

Fareed Armaly has put together an exemplary exhibition that reorients the site-specific strategies of the early ’70s. Here, a distancing from that which is inside the frame (the sacrosanct pictorial object of the ’80s) is accompanied by the interest in that which surrounds and constitutes the frame. This exhibition analyzes the functional components of present-day architecture as well as the resulting cultural policies and the sociopolitical conflicts between former Minister of Culture André Malraux and the protesting movement. Thus, a leitmotiv of Armaly’s show is the passage or the transition from one state to another—from the imaginary to the actual—that affords political access to culture.

At the entrance to the foyer of the Maison de la Culture, there are three video monitors, each running footage from Jean Cocteau’s movie Orphée (Orpheus, 1950), specifically, the sequence in which

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