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Robert Milin works on the principle that the ordinary is invisible, that it holds the key to the poetic, but that it is lost the moment we attempt to study it. And so we must let things and people go about their business, approaching them empathetically, unaffectedly, as if we aren’t even there. This is why the camera in Milin’s work is frontal and the backdrop neutral: for paradoxically this is how the camera is best forgotten. In "French Rail Ticket Checkers" the subjects are having breakfast; in "Veni, Veni, Veni" livestock breeders in France’s Quercy region call to their animals in the local patois. Here the artist settles for the bare minimum, and this is how he reveals the intensity of relationships. For Veduta/Biennale de Lyon, Milin used a residency in Lyon and neighbouring Vénissieux to create a work titled "My Name Means September". Roaming the city, he noted expressions overheard and built them into lightboxes of which seven can be seen in Lyon 8, three in Vénissieux and two at La Sucrière, and one at the Veduta forum.
Robert MILIN
Portrait de groupe de contrôleurs SNCF, 2008
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Xth Biennale de Lyon

"The Spectacle of the Everyday"

From 16 September 2009
to 3 January 2010


La Sucrière
Museum of Contemporary Art Bullukian Foundation
Bichat Warehouse


Curator
Hou Hanru

Artistic curator
Thierry Raspail

Production manager
Thierry Prat

We are living in the society of the spectacle. In spite of its alienating effects on our life and social relationships, it’s one of the very fundamental conditions of our existence. We perceive the world and communicate with each other through the spectacle – a system of image production and representation dominated by the logic of market capitalism which tends to “develop” our faculties of perception, imagination and reflection towards a “one dimensional model” formatted by the language of consumerist ideology. This is also the very contemporary condition of our self-identification and social order “guaranteed” by the established power system. As a main typology of artistic and cultural events of our time, biennials of contemporary art are no doubt an ultimate form of expression of such a tendency...

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The Biennale de Lyon is celebrating its 10th edition

Biennale's 10 editions

The first three Lyon Biennials - in 1991, 1993 and 1995 – were part of a largely historical perspective, from which problematics, stakes and themes were derived. The first one, called “The love of art”, chose to assess the situation of creation in France. Resolutely going against the trend, this biennial noted that since the so-called “Pompidou exhibition” (Paris 1969), no such far-reaching project had been imagined in France.

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