Melik Ohanian

Galerie Chantal Crousel

What is cosmopolitiques? Not merely the title of a new French journal, conceived by philosopher Isabelle Stengers and sociologist of science Bruno Latour, but the name given to political systems that also embrace the nonhuman, according a place to trees, whales, genes, seas, mountains—even to the Gulf Stream, currently threatened by global warming. “With what other beings do we want to continue to exist? With what sort of world?”—such are the basic questions raised by this new ecology, which rejects an essentially rationalistic and totalizing concept of nature. Without reducing his work to a message or the mere illustration of a political idea, the French artist Melik Ohanian partakes of this kind of thmking. Here, the world no longer appears simply as the backdrop for human activity, still less as Nature, organized and hierarchized in advance, but as an eventful, changing cosmos.

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