Training for A Better World
List of presented works .
Is the artist, Annie Abrahams, in training for a better world, when she appears on the invitation for the exhibition, "Training for a Better World", spinning around in a desert landscape? Maybe. Yet, the pieces she has presented to the Regional Centre of Contemporary Art were all done in collaboration with others. The artist does not show us what this better world will be like, she even says that she has no idea, but she insinuates that it will be built on multiple voices and the dissension between art and non-art, between politics and the a-political, between the common and the singular, and between the everyday and the exceptional.
Annie Abrahams intentionally paraphrases Jacques Rancière when she says that "reality must be captured to make it accessible to thought". She reveals this often dirty, boring, banal, sometimes vulgar, and always fractured and multiple reality in her pieces of performance, video and "shared writing" on the Internet. And to do this, she has chosen to work around universal concepts: fear, anger, loneliness, madness, love, etc. (1)
(1). The artist talks about it in an interview with Fadat Manuel, the author of Conversations with Claire Fontaine, Stephen Wright, Paul Ardenne and Alain Badiou, published in 2010 by Éditions Appendices. Fadat raises "the question of political and social dimensions in contemporary art." The interview is published by the artist and is included in the exhibition.