A fendre le cœur le plus dur


15 November 2015 - 21 February 2016

A fendre le cœur le plus dur

Témoigner la guerre

The Frac Alsace and the CPIF present A fendre le cœur le plus dur / Témoigner la guerre.

From November 15th, 2015 to february 20th, 2016 at the CPIF

From  May 23rd to October 18th, 2015 at the Frac Alsace

‘A fendre le cœur le plus dur / Témoigner la guerre’ is a cross-disciplinary arts project based on an idea by the historian Pierre Schill. It takes as its starting point documents that were part of a wartime reporting assignment and combines contemporary art, dance, photography, literature and history with the aim of taking advantage of their interactions to delve deeper into the subject. At the centre of the project is a group exhibition that brings together the works of several visual artists (Agnès Geoffray, Lamia Joreige, Estefania Penafiel Loaiza, Kader Attia, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Rabih Mroué...), juxtaposed with a performance by dancer and choreographer Emmanuel Eggermont (assisted by Jihyé Jung and Elise Vandewalle), texts by authors Jérôme Ferrari and Oliver Rohe and Pierre Schill’s historical approach to the question.

The origin of the ‘A fendre le cœur le plus dur / Témoigner la guerre’ project can be traced back to the discovery of a previously-unseen archive comprising photos and texts dating back to 1911 and concerning events that took place near Tripoli, in modern-day Libya. These elements cover events during the war of colonisation that opposed the Kingdom of Italy and the Ottoman Empire. The French man of letters, Gaston Chérau (1872-1937), was commissioned by ‘Le Matin’ daily newspaper, to report on the conflict. ‘A fendre le cœur le plus dur / Témoigner la guerre’ combines a historical approach to this source material with other different viewpoints and means of expression, thereby proposing an analysis that tries to understand the events represented in the images, but also to break free from this strict framework and address broader questions. 


Opening on Saturday 14th November, 2015 

Free shuttle from Paris - Place de la Bastille. 
Departure at 2.15 from Paris. 
Return to Paris for 6pm. 

CPIF - Exhibition from November 15th, 2015 to February 20th, 2016 

Wednesday-Friday from 1 to 6 pm, Saturday-Sunday from 2 to 6 pm, except holidays. Informations 01 70 05 49 80 | Free entry

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