Jutta Koether, Laurent Joubert

Galerie Laage-Solomon

It would seem almost impossible—both conflictual and contradictory—to bring together two artists such as Jutta Koether and Laurent Joubert. Having said that, this exhibition, entitled “Lettres à Démocède” (Letters to Démocède), with its politically-correct alibi (a “peaceful art” of struggle against strategy), was permeated with an intuition about painting as social affect—as a language of the minority, a decentralized expression of self, marginal, a kind of savagery, or “wild parade” as Koether puts it.

Joubert’s pieces, in the form of painted panels, are the result of the juxtaposition and superimposition of colonial imagery (carvings, heraldic insignias, fragments of text)that recall the violence of ethnocentrism and Western hegemony—subjected to the power and the symbolism of signs. “Right from the start, these insignias—usually thought of as aggressive, offensive—become ”pretty“

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