Fear Eats the Soul: The Paris Triennale 2012

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Published November 14, 2012

Fear Eats the Soul: The Paris Triennale 2012

Excerpt:

“The curatorial decision to begin 'Intense Proximity' with a re-staging of Soup/No Soup further serves to sharply distinguish the 2012 Triennale from previous editions. Known under the title of 'La Force de l’art', former incarnations were held in their entirety at the Grand Palais and were intended to highlight contemporary visual art in France. 'Intense Proximity' takes this dictate as a challenge: literally moving beyond the original site of discussion by extending the exhibition across state-sponsored and independent venues throughout the city, while simultaneously foregrounding the malformations of nationalistic sentiment underlying the project. ‘FEAR EATS THE SOUL’ is emblazoned like graffiti, the black letters standing 9-metre-high across the central lobby of the Palais de Tokyo: a space that newly served as the exhibition’s primary site. Taken from the title of a 1974 film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this dominating text – a second project by Tiravanija – is the axis around which the exhibition’s multiple galleries seem to spin. Whether read as a reference to the film's own racial narrative or as a critique of national policies, the import is clear: the rejection of difference from without will consume you from within.”

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