Meeting Point 2017
Warm festival present the exhibition “Never Ending Stories” by Pierre Courtin in Meeting Point, Obala Art Center, Sarajevo
The exhibition is curated by Claudia Zini
Opening : June, Wednesday 28th 2017 at 19:00
The exhibition is supported by the French Institute of Sarajevo
‘… These drawings are the reflect of our today craziness, of the craziness of the war, of the craziness of peoples, it is about the huge capacity for human to destroy them self…’
Since more than ten years Pierre Courtin has been working on two different series on drawings in a ‘non-stop’ process. The first series started in 2004 and it counts 150 drawings as of today. The second series was initiated the day after the ferocious assassination of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in January 2015 and it now comprehends 20 drawings. Pierre Courtin’s drawings are made of different newspapers’ headlines, books’ covers, advertisements, posters, and so on. The artist’s practice is a visual echo to the continuous stream of everyday news and its final outcome constitutes a big composition resembling a personal press clipping with the most important news and hot topics dealing with politics and society. World tragic events and human tragedies are recorded, from WWI up until Trump’s election, often mixing news from the past with present-day news; this stratagem results very effective in underlining the absurdity of events happening over and over again in history. The drawings represent the artist’s personal reflection about the times in which we are living, particularly insisting on themes such as the return on nationalism in Europe, capitalism and consumerism, racism and religion, in general ‘the craziness of our time’. They will to question our close ‘relation-ship’ or addiction to mass media, representing at the same time the artist’s meditative reaction to everyday violence as it portraited on daily news. As Courtin explained ‘When I say « meditative » it means that in this crazy world I am finding time to draw and to relax myself, those drawings are very long to do, when I draw these sentences and images become abstract; it is a sort of personal way to exorcise the brutality of our today world’.