The emotional and visual impact of Adel Abdessemed’s work stems from its muted violence and its potent capacity for salutary expression, transgression and derision. In the eleven photographs and two videos on show here, Abdessemed reinvents the world and its animal violence. Showing exotic beasts in urban settings, posing in the arms of a statue of Abraham Lincoln in a New York street, or disguising himself as a gorilla so as to slip a wedding ring onto the finger of a pretty bride, the artist blurs the boundaries between art and private life, between self-representation and animality – and situates himself in that uncertain zone where our reality as human beings is far more complex than that of the civilised facade we offer to the gaze of our contemporaries and neighbours. In the two short films we see a foot angrily crushing a Coca-Cola can and a microphone. " Foot On" and "Talk is Cheap" are at once meaningful and highly ambiguous: comprising two rapid shots, they have a hypnotic, repetitive side that lays bare vertiginous horizons in the most secret fault-lines of our minds.
an increase in attendance of 12% compared to 2007.
50% of visitors were aged under 26.
32% of visitors took a guided tour.
more than 10,000 m² of exhibition space.
1 new exhibition venue (800 m²) close to La Sucrière: the Bichat Warehouse.
56 artists and collectives on show,
40 brand-new artworks.
1,001 journalists from 22 countries were hosted at the Biennale.
6 press conferences prior to the Biennale in: Berlin, Milan, Venice, London, New York and Basel.
5,328 professionals from 31 countries, were hosted at the Biennale.
Over 80 collectors,
Over 200 directors of cultural institutions,
Over 150 exhibition curators.
Vaulx-en-Velin, Vénissieux, Villeurbanne, Lyon 8, Décines-Charpieu, Grand Parc Miribel Jonage, Rillieux-la-Pape, Place Bellecour/Lyon 2, Sarkis Forum/Lyon 6.
220 projects rolled out across the metropolitan area and 19 types of action including:
- 3 Biennale artist residencies
- 12 exhibitions
- 13 colloquia and conferences held in the Sarkis Space, in partnership with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure, the Goethe Institut and others
- 3 "Weekends at Le Forum"
- the first three-team soccer tournament
- 3 "Nights at the Museum"
16,450 participants in Veduta projects.
Focus: a showcase of 9 major events in the Rhône-Alpes region and beyond, including "Rendez-vous 09", the "2nd Biennale of Contemporary Textile Design" and more.
150 Résonance projects (30 more than in 2007) and 90 venues including
67 in Greater Lyon and 23 in the Rhône-Alpes region.
1 Résonance Night, on 19 November: opening of the Galerie des Terreaux arcade, 30 venues, and a special evening event at La Plateforme.
- Lead partner: Groupe Partouche / Grand Casino de Lyon Le Pharaon
- Official partners: Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, GL events, Caisse d'Epargne Lyon Rhône-Alpes, Cabinet Maât, Toupargel, ZILLI, Grouped Cardinal, Club des Biennales de Lyon.
€1.197m of sponsorship and partnerships.
62 private evening events and public-relations operations.
9,000 flowers handed out to strangers by the public, as per the protocol of Lee
1,002 unique pieces of Yang Jiechang's artwork acquired by the public for over €16,000, a sum wholly donated to non-profit association Entretemps.
40 trees were planted by 180 people in relation to Pedro Reyes's artwork Palas por Pistolas on 6 November 2009.
40 audience members took part in the HaZaVuZu collective's performance at the Biennale opening on 15 September.
The first-ever Xmania competition attracted over 32,000 web users, and singled out 150 photos from among the 1,820 entries.
In total, 5,307 people took part in the games on the Biennale website.
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